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The New US Basing in the Philippines

The New US Basing in the Philippines

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Published by Bert M Drona
For the moment, however, it cannot be said that just because the US does not have large bases of the kind
it used to have, the US has not been securing its military objectives in the country. Through the back- door and largely out of sight, the US has gradually but ncrementally reintegrated the Philippines firmly within its "global posture."
For the moment, however, it cannot be said that just because the US does not have large bases of the kind
it used to have, the US has not been securing its military objectives in the country. Through the back- door and largely out of sight, the US has gradually but ncrementally reintegrated the Philippines firmly within its "global posture."

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Published by: Bert M Drona on Apr 02, 2010
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"An Acceptable Presence":The New US Basing Structure in the Philippines
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
[Espanol]By Herbert Docena *Sixteen years ago, the PhilippineSenate made the historic vote to shut down what American analystsonce described as "probably the most important basing complex inthe world" -- the US military bases in Subic and Clark, along withother smaller support and communications facilities in the country.Taken after long and emotional debates,the Senate vote shook the Philippines' relations with its mostimportant ally. That one small and weak country could say no to whatby then had become the world's only remaining superpowerreverberated across the world.Since then, every move by the USmilitary in the Philippines has provoked controversy. For the mostpart, however, the question has tended to be framed in terms ofwhether the US is seeking to re-establish the kind of bases it had inthe past. Such framing has consequently allowed the US and Philippinegovernments to categorically deny any such plans.But what has since emerged is not areturn to the past but a new and different kind of basing.
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GLOBAL POSTURESince the end of the Cold War, but in aprocess that has accelerated since the Bush administration came tooffice, the United States has embarked on what American officialstout as the most radical reconfiguration since World War II of its"global defense posture."This term no longer refers simply tothe over 850 physical bases and installations that the US nowmaintains in around 46 countries around the world.[1] As US Defenseundersecretary for policy Douglas J Feith explained, "We are nottalking only about basing, we're talking about the ability of ourforces to operate when and where they are needed."[2]Billed as the "Integrated GlobalPresence and Basing Strategy," the plan seeks to comprehensivelytransform the US overseas military presence - largely unchangedsince the 1950s - in light of perceived new threats and the US'self-avowed "grand strategy" of perpetuating its status as theworld's only military superpower."The [US] military," declaredPresident George W Bush, "must be ready to strike at a moment'snotice in any dark corner of the world."[3] To do this, the 2001Quadrennial Defense Review, an official document required by the USCongress of the Pentagon to articulate US military strategy, statesthat the US is seeking to move away from "obsolete Cold Wargarrisons" to "mobile, expeditionary operations."[4]
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REDUCED FOOTPRINT The plan is simple: Instead ofconcentrating its troops and equipment in only a few locations, theUnited States will decrease the number of large well-equipped basesand increase the number of smaller, simpler bases in morelocations.[5]Marine Gen. James Jones, commander ofUS forces in Europe, described the aim as developing a "family ofbases" that could go "from cold to warm to hot if you need them"but without having the "small town USA"-feel, complete withschools and families that have typically come with such bases.[6]Recognition of the rising opposition tothe US military presence around the world is also driving thesechanges. As early as in 1988, a US government commission createdduring the Reagan administration concluded that, "We have found itincreasingly difficult, and politically costly to maintain bases."[7]Apart from those in the Philippines, USbases have been closed or terminated in recent years in Puerto Rico,Panama, and recently Ecuador, as a result of public mobilizations.Turkey refused to allow the US to use its bases for the invasion inIraq. Even in Japan and Korea, hostility to bases has been growing.
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