Duterte tells Obama ‘son of a whore’ remark was not personal
After Philippine president’s aides try to limit the damage, saying he’d been addressing a reporter, he threatens to eat Islamist militias alive. The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has expressed regret for calling Barack Obama a “son of a whore” – a remark that led to the US leader cancelling their meeting during a regional summit in Laos.
In a statement read by his spokesman, Duterte said the remark was not intended as a personal insult. “While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress, we also regret that it came across as a personal attack on the US president,” Ernesto Abella quoted Duterte as saying. Full story
The Philippines is nothing but a fly in horse manure when you compare it to America, but even this small fly has decided to challenge America. Clearly, they understand that China and Russia are the future leaders, and they want to align themselves with these leaders. They will send mixed messages to America, but the trend has changed for the next 100 years. No matter what America does now, it has lost the global battle. At most, we can hope to restore order back at home, improve the economy and try to maintain the edge we have for as long as possible. If our President were wise he would be building bridges with these future leaders, for there is no reason why America cannot trend upwards as Asian and Russia grow.
Unfortunately, in American politics, common sense seems to be a very rare ingredient. Neo-cons seem to dominate, and they think that the old days where America pushed people around is still in play.
Duterte’s tilt toward China is major upset for US strategy in Asia; US is destined to lose this battle
In less than three months on the job, the 71 year-old Philippine leader has used expletives in talking about U.S. President Barack Obama and vowed to end cooperation with the U.S. military in both fighting terrorism and patrolling the disputed South China Sea. He’s moved to boost economic and defense ties with China and Russia.
While Duterte is unpredictable — one day calling China “generous” and the next threatening a “bloody” war if Beijing attacked — his behavior has undermined U.S. efforts to rally nations from Japan to Vietnam to Australia to stand up to China’s military assertiveness.
In doing so, he risks shifting from the 1951 Philippine-U.S. defense treaty, which has been a bedrock of American influence in the region. While Duterte has said he’ll respect the alliance, he’s repeatedly stressed the need for an “independent foreign policy” and questioned America’s willingness to intervene if China were to seize territory in the South China Sea.
“This could be the game changer for the South China Sea situation in general and Sino-U.S. regional competition specifically,” said Zhang Baohui, director of the Center for Asian Pacific Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. “Duterte’s foreign policy may dramatically shift the geostrategic picture of the region, leaving China in an advantageous position versus the United States.” Full Story
Moreover, shortly after we made the above comments, this story appeared. Once again when a fly challenges the elephant, you understand that the elephant is soon going to be dwarfed by a mammoth. In this case, the Mammoth represents the new joint partnership between China and Russia. This new alliance is forcing a lot of new countries to rethink their position. Don’t be shocked if the TPP project suddenly experiences a massive setback. This is the Neo-Con’s way of trying to thwart China’s Silk Road project, but it appears destined to fail.
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