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It’s Time to End U.S. Military Aid to the Philippines


It’s Time to End U.S. Military Aid to the Philippines

Amee Chew

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody “War on Drugs” has now claimed over 27,000 lives — almost all poor and indigent people, including children, summarily executed by police or vigilantes.

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This, is going to sound real familiar, real soon, if we continue to sit on our hands.

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As usual, no outrage for Master Mayhem’s mass murdering best bud

When his bromance is simply bipartisan business as usual.

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“Oh, what a tangled web”----

Duterte’s interesting, though not less bloody or more just than Chew paints him. The details would make quite a study, could one get close enough to garner them and far enough to actually publish.

The matter of drugs is the least of the issue. People with certain sorts of difficult life histories pay a lot for drugs when they are withheld. So, things being driven by market dynamics, of course they are withheld. This creates a lucrative black market, and the conditions of that black market create both need and opportunity for corruption.

In that mix, the key issue is not drugs, but access to the drug trade, and the power and influence to survive while engaging in it.

A few generations later, no one denies that Imperial England had an ongoing interest in the opium trade in China. It is one of those ongoing open secrets that the United States “intelligence” agencies or elements therein have an ongoing interest in drug trafficking in very many parts of the world–certainly opium in Afghanistan, cocaine from South America, and a host of things coming across the border from Mexico, though this latter may involve human trafficking for organs and slavery more than for drugs.

Duterte’s getting money and arms. We know that he is not getting this money for nothing, and we know that it is not given to provide alms to the poor.

We know further that the CIA is the principal hub of operations importing what are called illicit drugs into the United States and also over at least a good deal of the globe. Part of the model is that access to the illicit drug market in the States is provided in return for access to political power in other countries–and some business opportunities, and a rake off the top to keep operations plush.

Anyone to whom this seems extreme should read Douglass Valentine and others on Operation Phoenix or The CIA as Organized Crime, Robert Parry in Lost History about the Contras and the cocaine trade, or follow details of the CIA and MIC setup of the Karzai brothers’ opium trade in Afghanistan. If at this point we recall that Chiang Kai Shek ran an opium trade from China, the tracing of the conventions right back into the 1800s becomes fairly complete, considering the great tendency of such information to be withheld.

So, if Duterte’s getting money and arms, this is done to shut down competitors. But when there is a great fight over this and very broad killing, it means that not everyone is altogether clear who is working for whom. Duterte may indeed be trying to shut down the drug trade. If so, this is likely to be because it has become a large enough factor in the Philippine economy that it threatens his own power directly or indirectly, by threatening a lot of the fabric of other economy, something a large and active black market tends to do, particularly when it engages in things like human trafficking, which bring up emotions that can make people take actions that they might otherwise regard as impractical. Indeed, he might not unreasonably assess these possibilities as far more dangerous because he realizes that his narcotraffickers have CIA connections.

In such a situation, of course. the US government is paying him with the idea that he will shut down their competition, and he may be hoping to kill as many US-aligned actors as possible.

Of course, the details of this are inevitably speculative; I do not mean to present myself as a mind reader. On the other hand, the existence of such a dynamic is not speculative at all, but carries well over a century of persistent documentation. The question is not whether a large-scale black ops corruption is involved, but just how it is arrayed and in what ways Duterte is and is not involved and what sorts of moves he executes and contemplates.

Yes, Amee Chew is completely correct. Stop the aid. Stop it all over. Stop anything that looks like aid or calls itself aid. But realize that this is not just something that goes on in the Philippines, but something that surrounds US military bases and US paramilitary appliance roughly the world over, most certainly in some ways inside of the United States above all. This is part of the routine plumbing of empire.



Your stats are wrong. your information is incorrect. and read History, the US owes the Philippines a debt that will take thousands of year to pay. why simple. The US invaded a country that declared itself independent from Spanish tyrants, Killed its Heroes who fought for its freedom, Murdered thousands of civillian’s to purge unrest in a country it invaded. Read the US Philippine War. A US President even called The Filipino a Godless nation when it was the only Majority Christian country in Asia. then during ww2 it dragged its young people to fight maimed and die. it took over 60 years for the US to recognize those young men who fought for US flag as veterans. (these men are the soldiers of the USAFFE, for those who don’t know the United States armed forces in the far east) many of whom died in poverty and disgust. NO amount of US aid can replace blood lost. Remember if the US left the Philippines alone the Filipino people could have charted its own history but no after the Spanish tyranny of 300 year the US followed from 1898–1946, 3 years of which they had wasted the lives of its youth in war with the Japanese, Before making such articles and comments make sure you understand how the Filipino see the US. the Filipino grew up in US culture forced upon them, Many of us don’t like the US but see it as a necessary evil to make sure our country is safe from Chinese aggression,. Most of the Military aid provided are used to that end, The Philippine Drug problem uses FILIPINO MONEY,. US aid is used to fight ISIS linked forces in the south. as well as Chinese aggression in the WPS, all you sources are based on media reports that lacks any semblance of reality. To make my point clear, Can you use a C 130 in a alley way to stop a drug deal? can you use a 107m Long coast guard cutter to move on a creek to less than 4m wide to make a drug bust? oh by most of the small arms the AFP now uses comes from donations from Russia and China, not the US, other arms are from Israel and Europe, Most of the Hands guns are locally produced and funds sourced from the Philippines own Budget. Most US aid are for the Military and NOT the police. Police are doing all the anti illegal drug operations in the Philippines. Since the operations began Crime went down. We could walk at night. the price of illegal drugs are soaring because of lack of supply, To make sure that Amee Chew gets my point, the US provided 300 M4 carbines 200 gloc’s and 100 grenade launchers enough to equip a company. Russia provided 5000 AK’s and 20 trucks enough to equip a battalion or two, US support in small arms is very few. Most of the US hardware provided are for counter insurgency equipment and planes. and to make sure to rub you the wrong way. your attitude towards others is what makes the US vulnerable to attack, You ignore others like how you CIA and FBI ignored Philippine Intelligence forces in 1995 that lead to the US 9/11 terror attack. If you don’t believe me why don’t you ask the US congress they found that out the hard way.



Dear flightknives,
I think that the US should withdraw from all other countries. I readily believe that the numbers will be disputed. But by all I mean all. I believe the US should withdraw from all fighting and training and supporting military and drug-related operations in all countries.



This article is poorly researched. The claim is that 27,000 have been killed in the war on drugs. This just happens to be the number of people murdered in the Philippines since Duterte came to power. Around 13,000 people were murdered every year BEFORE the war on drugs. There are no more deaths now than before.

The bombs dropped in the Philippines? Perhaps you read something about the battle for Marawi, you know that city that IS took over. Perhaps you saw the footage of the bombs being dropped?

The activists, lawyers, etc killed under Duterte. Many of them his allies. Did you think to research the number killed before Duterte?

It took Filipinos long enough to kick the Americans out, 1991, after the genocide and torture inflicted on a country just seeking the independence it had fought Spain for.