Why the U.S. has no choice but to send troops to the Philippines
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve President Donald Trump’s plan to send a small force of U.K. troops to a former communist nation that hosts one of the biggest drug trafficking operations in the world.
The plan is expected to be approved by the U,N.
General Assembly later this week.
is the only permanent U. N. member country to have troops in the country since the end of World War II, and many have questioned the cost of the operation.
“I don’t think the U.,S.
should have troops anywhere in the Pacific, but the U’s going to be paying for it, as well,” said Paul Dolan, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.
“The U.s. is not going to get a medal for not doing this.”
“The Philippines, like most countries, has a history of mismanaging and mismanating and now it’s going down that road,” Dolan said.
“There’s no good reason why the U would not do something.”
will send a battalion of the British Royal Navy, a task force, as part of the “Pillars of Protection” mission, which will begin in May and will be based in the Philippines for a two-year deployment.
The mission will include a U.k. special forces group and a Philippine-led task force of Special Operations forces.
The plan was first proposed in 2016 by then-Vice President Mike Pence, who said he hoped the U.”s support would help to keep drug trafficking from affecting the U of A and the U and the wider Asia-Pacific region.”
However, the U.-K.
plan was put on hold by the Philippine government, which wanted to be able to continue operations on its own, even though Duterte is a close ally of the U-K.
Trump has said he won’t let his country be taken over by the Chinese, and the president has promised to take a tougher line with Beijing on drug trafficking.
U.S., U.A. clash over Philippines border With the U as its primary ally, the United States has been trying to maintain a naval presence on the disputed waters between the Philippines and China.
U. S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that “we’re not going anywhere.”
Pompeo also said he would “continue to push forward with a range of diplomacy to secure peace and stability in the South China Sea.”
The United States, which has been working with China to establish a permanent U.-S.
naval base in the disputed sea, has long pushed for an alternative to the Chinese presence on Scarborough Shoal, the artificial island in the Spratlys, and is pressing the Philippines to stop construction of the artificial islands and build a new one.
“I will continue to push for a solution where we’re both able to have peaceful dialogue and continue to have our peaceful dialogue,” Pompeo told reporters.
“We need to be doing it, and we need to work together.”
to send 10,000 troops to Philippines Duterte is pushing for a U.-U.A.-S., or United Nations-led, military solution to the South Sea dispute.
Duterte has accused the U before of mismanagement and mismanagement of his country’s maritime affairs and has accused his U. A. of taking bribes to settle disputes.
He has also said the U has been “playing with fire” and has failed to fully control the drug trade and has been accused of supporting drugs by some U. U,K.-based reporters and journalists.
While the U.’s decision to send forces to the Philippine Islands is controversial, it’s not the first time that the U will send troops into the region.
In 2010, the Pentagon agreed to send U. s. troops as part a U,A.
military assistance program to South Korea.
China has said it will not recognize a new Philippine administration, but has promised it will abide by U. K. and U.U.-A.
The Philippines has also accused China of being behind the disappearance of Chinese-American businessman J.D. Leong last year and of using his death to consolidate its hold over parts of the disputed South China Seas.
Associated Press writers Jim Gomez in Manila and John O’Brien in Washington contributed to this report.