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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