U.S. Imperialism, Out of the Philippines!
October 21, 2012
The cause of the people for a permanent end to U.S. military presence in the Philippines is in danger because of the aggressive war program of U.S. imperialism.
On October 8, the "Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercises" began with an announcement by a U.S. marine at an opening ceremony on an American amphibious assault ship in Subi Bay. The operations were scheduled to last through October 18. The operations included live fire exercises and a simulated helicopter raid.
The Obama administration depicted these military operations as "joint exercises" in order to cover over the main thing. The U.S. is trying to re-establish permanent military presence in the Philippines and turn the clock back to the days of U.S. military bases.
Due to immense opposition by millions of Filipino people to U.S. military presence the U.S. was forced to remove all U.S. military troops and facilities from the country in 1992. Repeated struggles have since broken out against re-stationing of U.S. troops.
For over a century, U.S. imperialism has maintained a colonial and neo-colonial regime in the Philippines and used it as a military base for projecting its interests throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Obama's renewal of this imperialist policy once again shows that U.S. colonialism and neo-colonialism in the Philippines is the bi-partisan program of the Democrats and Republicans.