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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 19th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Is Typhoon Relief Part of US Military Asia Pivot?

There is no doubt the Filipinos are thankful for the US aid but as history has shown the US does this kind of disaster response regardless of the strategic implications:

MANILA/TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – The U.S. military’s response to the devastation wrought by one of the world’s most powerful typhoons has been breathtaking.

About 50 U.S. ships and aircraft have been mobilized in the disaster zone, including 10 C-130 transport planes, 12 V-22 Ospreys and 14 Seahawk helicopters air-dropping supplies from an aircraft carrier.

The accelerating relief efforts underscore a fast-expanding U.S.-Philippine military alliance that could grow even stronger in the wake of the catastrophe as the United States pursues its “pivot” towards Asia. [Reuters]

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  • JoeC
    8:32 am on November 19th, 2013 1

    I think the writer of that article underestimated the influence of anti-U.S. military activists in the Philippines.

    A year from now, typhoon relief assistance will be minimized under rants about the evils of U.S. military presence on the islands, especially from certain populist and opportunist politicians.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    10:42 am on November 19th, 2013 2

    Just like in Korea I bet the Philippines will still have the anti-US leftists and opportunists, but I think their influence will continued to be minimized not just by the improving US-Filipino relations but the growing territorial threat from China.

    However, what I did not like about the article was how the disaster response was tied in with the US military Asia Pivot. I think the Asia Pivot had nothing to do with the response. I think the US would have responded the way we did regardless because it has long been a national policy that the US will step to help other nations ravished by a natural disaster.

  • Larry Anderson
    3:22 pm on November 19th, 2013 3

    I am in Tagbilarsn City, Bohol PH now with my family. Have been thr it all. I have the greatest respect of the filipno, every person, young and old put out every effort to help each other. I am very involved at any and every level. By huge majority the filipino eants and needs America. There is ONE power in Asia now, China!! The US half a power. In absence China has aggressivly filled in with direct intentions of military threat and actions. There can be no doubt of China’s ntentions. As noted even at the turn of 1900 and spe specified in 1905, Philippines is the strategiv key to all Asia. Japan coveted this place and deliberaty planned prepared to take it. Japanes

  • Larry Anderson
    3:37 pm on November 19th, 2013 4

    Japanese sucess in wars with China and Russia gave them reason to believe they could win the war with the US. The japanese used nearly the exact tactics used those wars. Their problem of numbers was complicated by the stiff stubborn and fanatic r
    Resistance of nearly every filipino. China undoubtedly studied every move tactic win and lodd and will not make the same. Let us hope America has learned as well. Philippines cannot stand alone and are actively threatened attacked now. America, as stated in 1905 must decide if we are to stand by our friends or abandon all Asia. Japan, Korea are tied to the power who will controll Philippined as all Asia will thus be decided. Korea has always been the pawn of another, china, russia or America. Choose.

  • Jake
    3:41 pm on November 19th, 2013 5

    Hmm… I guess Saudi, UAE, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Japan are also “in pivot” in the Philippines because of the tremendous aid?

    Them Chinese loyalists are just pissed that China has grudgingly given 100,000 and is called stingy by the international media. In fact, they have not offered aid until the international community noticed the lack of Chinese response despite being the second biggest economy.

    Even Bangladesh, a country poorer than the Philippines gave more aid.

    This is damage control by China loyalists.

  • Flyingsword
    4:04 pm on November 19th, 2013 6

    Are you trying to alledge the government has a secret weather control device that created this storm in order to fast track its Asia pivot policy…..I’m calling Jessie ‘the body’….

  • 2ID Doc
    4:57 pm on November 19th, 2013 7

    An increased presence in The Philippines might be a positive side effect of this but I tend to agree with everyone else, the US will not use this as a “gateway” to re-open the closed facilities. We will use what is there as long as we need to to assist the Filipinos and when operations die down we will retract our presence unless the Philippine government says or requests different. Unlike Korea I would be willing to bet that nearly all of the facilities built for the US to use until 1992 were built by the US taxpayers considering how poor their economy seems to be.

  • JoeC
    5:30 pm on November 19th, 2013 8


    Not only were they built entirely with U.S. tax payer money, part of the reason the U.S. presences talks started breaking down was the Philippine government was demand substantial increases in the amount of lease they wanted us to pay for staying at the bases.

  • Lambda
    7:16 pm on November 19th, 2013 9

    LOL. You do realize the US is going to bill the Philippines at the end of this all? That bill will be paid for by the international cash aid. It’s a win-win for the US: get training paid for by the international community and look good while doing it. Such activities make China’s dimplomacy game look like amateurs.

  • JoeC
    8:06 pm on November 19th, 2013 10

    “That bill will be paid for by the international cash aid.”

    When has the U.S. been reimbursed for providing humanitarian aid in the past? Site a source for that not referring to conditional grants or loans.

  • Col. Tie
    8:22 pm on November 19th, 2013 11

    China is looking mighty foolish for that tiny donation. Why, $100,000 isn’t even enough to pay for their anti-Jimmy Kimmel PR campaign for one day.


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