“We are here to stay.”

17 November 2011

that’s U.S. president barack obama telling asia  that the U.S. military would expand its role in the Asia-Pacific region, despite budget cuts, declaring America was “here to stay” as a Pacific power which would help shape the region’s future.

he said it in australia, in a pre-ASEAN summit visit, but he might as well have said it here, where U.S. forces continue to be based (“visiting” kuno) and where hillary clinton happened to be celebrating the mutual (so-called) defense treaty with the prez and shrugging off anti-America demonstrations by the militant left.

not that it needed saying.  alam naman natin, the history is indisputable, they never meant to leave.

4 Responses to “We are here to stay.”

  1. November 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm
    Steve Salonga

    thanks for sustaining the dialogue angie. I’m afraid we are once more a willing pawn on the Asian chessboard. Let’s hope that when push comes to shove, we will know enough to look after our own interests, rather than theirs. I am not hopeful given our track-record. My biggest fear is that the bases will return, and the work of many decades lost. Let’s hope we can be proud Filipinos when that day comes.

    • November 18, 2011 at 1:31 am
      GabbyD

      whats wrong w bases? if i remember correctly, the best argument against them is the possibility/reality of sex-related crimes. is this it?

  2. November 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    hay naku, steve ;) kung minsan nga it feels like i’m talking to myself haha. dalawa na tayo ngayon.

  3. November 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    which is not to maliit the militant left, or progressives as you call them, kaya lang di parang di naman talaga sila nakikipag-dialogue.

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