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If Duterte Wants Us Out, Then Let’s Go

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The Philippine Islands are among the largest recipients of foreign aid in East Asia, and we’ve provided $1.3 billion in military assistance over the last two decades. But money shouldn’t be the largest consideration here. Trump has been given a historic opportunity to reshape American and Asian policy along the lines he ran on in 2016. He should tell Duterte that we accept his decision and that we, too, are giving notice of our decision to let the 1951 treaty lapse. And following expiration of that treaty, the U.S. will be absolved of any legal obligation to come to the defense of the Philippines. Time for Manila to take charge of its own defense. Trump should not miss this opportunity.

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