Nov. 17, 2015 (EIRNS)–Obama arrived in Manila to attend the APEC meeting last night. He spoke this morning at a naval base after touring the used Coast Guard cutter the US gave to the Philippines, which is the core ship of the nearly non-existent Philippine Navy, renewing his attacks and threats against China.
Obama: “We have a treaty obligation, an ironclad commitment to the defense of our ally the Philippines, who can count on the United States. My visit here underscores our shared commitment to the security of the waters of this region and to the freedom of navigation…. The ship that I just toured, a former U.S. Coast Guard vessel, helps the Philippines respond to disasters, perform counterterrorism missions and patrol the South China Sea. More capable navies and partnership with the United States are critical to the security of this region.”
Obama pledged to beef up the navies of the countries he hopes will join in challenging Chinese “aggression” — two ships to the Philippines (another Coast Guard cutter and a research vessel), and $259 million in new aid over the course of two years to the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
“If we’re going to continue to succeed in securing our nation and our allies, then we’re going to have to be a player and help establish the economic and security architecture in that region for this century and the centuries to come,” Obama blustered.
The NY Times coverage reveals how freaked out the Obama team is that the Philippines is blocking Obama’s plan to re-colonize the Philippines: “Mr. Obama made no mention of the agreement that the United States and the Philippines reached a year ago to open several bases on the island here to American personnel and equipment. That agreement has been delayed by legal wrangling and is awaiting a decision by the Philippine Supreme Court and that country’s legislature. Once approved, that agreement could mean a return of United States forces to the Subic Bay military base, which once served as the largest overseas outpost for the American military…. If the United States military returns to Subic Bay, it would provide a significant new base from which to assert its influence in the region. And it would be a powerful symbol of what the Obama administration calls its rebalance of foreign policy toward Asia.”