March 18, 2014 @ 9:21 pm. Pure madness By Conrado de Quiros The new arrangement is called “Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation,” and Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino assures it is “80-percent done.” As though that news would elate us. Read on… Post navigation A more ‘nuanced’ approach to our China dispute9-dash Comments angela March 19, 2014 “Manila’s options” http://opinion.inquirer.net/72696/manilas-options March 19, 2014 at 12:35 am Reply angela March 19, 2014 “A Budding Alliance: Vietnam and the Philippines Confront China” by Walden Bello http://fpif.org/budding-alliance-vietnam-philippines-confront-china/ March 19, 2014 at 12:49 am Reply Joe America March 19, 2014 Conrado is one of my favorite writers. He calls it straight, and indeed, I think most Americans would agree it would be madness for the U.S. to engage in another Iraq, a misguided attempt to fight other people’s battles for them. It is madness for the US to coddle the Philippines, to try to represent people who are fundamentally ungrateful and incapable of coming to their own defense. They are too busy fighting each other like a pack of hyenas after the taxpayer hide. March 19, 2014 at 6:58 am Reply manuel buencamino March 19, 2014 Maybe we should withold comment until we actually read the agreement? March 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm Reply Joe America March 19, 2014 The particulars of the agreement are not material as Conrado already has it pegged that Philippine military leaders will bow to Americans no matter what the words say about “access”. His quibble is as much with Filipino subservience as America pushing her interests. I merely voice the view that most Americans don’t care about rocks in the ocean near the Philippines. They don’t want their sons and daughters engaged in another fight where the fighting partner is simply not committed to fighting. Here is the sequence: Philippines files ITLOS in a few days. Shortly thereafter, China takes over the rusty hulk of a presence that represents the Philippine commitment to defense of the rocks, and sends the soldiers there back home if one piece, if they are smart and don’t shoot when overrun. The US and Philippines raise all kinds of verbal ruckus and Chinese generals laugh. March 19, 2014 at 8:31 pm Reply manuel buencamino March 20, 2014 Joe, I meant the withold comment remark for de Quiros. Nobody, not even the negotiating panel and their principals, knows what is in the agreement because it has not been finalized and signed. De Quiroz was working on assumptions and so is every critic and advocate of the agreement. The opening line of Lenny Bruce’s autobiography was “Filipinos come quick.” De Quiroz just lent credence to Bruce’s observation. His column was the perfect example of premature ejaculation. March 20, 2014 at 10:29 am Reply Joe America March 20, 2014 Ha, yes, it is strange to criticize an agreement before it is even released. He obviously would not have been happy with anything but failure of the negotiations. March 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm Reply joji March 20, 2014 That’s the reality of a water canyon diplomacy.lol.. March 20, 2014 at 10:32 am Reply Comment Cancel Reply Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.