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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Philippines President Duterte wants US out

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte donned his Costco shirt and spoke to a crowd on Monday, telling the crowd that he wants U.S. Special Forces out of his country's south. He blamed the U.S. for angering Muslim insurgencies in the region.

Washington said it hasn't yet received a formal request from the Philippine president, a man who called Obama a "son of a whore," to remove our personnel. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Duterte has a history of making "colorful comments" and compared him with Donald Trump. 

Donald Trump compared Josh Earnest to Richard Simmons in Boy's Town.

Earnest was asked in earnest whether he was trying to warn Americans about the dangers of Trump as president and the Obama mouthpiece said, 'I guess some people could draw that analogy."

Since becoming president, Duterte hasn't had the best relationship with the U.S. and has shown a great deal of disrespect to our so-called president. He has also been critical of American security policies and aims to create a foreign policy that wouldn't depend on us.

Instead of the Obama administration taking responsibility for the deteriorating global relationships he has created through his lack of strength, his boy Earnest warns us that Donald Trump would make matters worse. 

It cannot get any worse.

Our military sent troops to train and advise Filipino troops fighting Al Qaeda-linked jihadist group Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines in 2002. We also provided them with weapons. 

State Department spokes-puppet John Kirby said that the U.S. was aware of Duterte's comments but "not aware of any official communication by the Philippine government to that effect and to seek that result." Kirby reaffirmed the U.S.'s commitment to our ally.

Duterte spoke of the killing of Muslims in the Mindanao region during a U.S. pacification campaign in the early 1900s. He blamed that as the root of the long period of opposition of minority Muslims in the predominantly Catholic south.

Many Moro Muslims were killed by American forces in March 1906 "because you were here as imperialists, you wanted to colonize my country and because you had a hard time pacifying the Moro people," Duterte said in the speech.

"For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land," the naive Duterte said, obviously unaware of Islamic scripture and their goals of forming a global caliphate.

Duterte wants an independent foreign policy but apparently has no clear plans to realize it.

The Philippines president showed the crowd photos of slain Filipino Muslims by U.S. forces at Bud Dajo. It was described by some as a massacre and a moment of embarrassment in American history. 

"The special forces, they have to go. They have to go in Mindanao, there are many whites there, they have to go," Duterte said, adding that he was reorienting the country's foreign policy. "I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go."

He sounded like he really wanted U.S. special forces to go.

Duterte's potty mouth regarding Obama has sparked controversy. Calling our lead-from-behind-commander-in-chief a "son of a bitch" and warning him that he wasn't going to accept being lectured by him on human rights, forced Obama to cancel the meeting they had planned.

Later, they shook hands and spoke briefly in a holding room where Duterte said that when he called Obama a "son of a bitch," he didn't mean our Obama, or something like that.

In spite of the handshake and sardonic smiles, Duterte continues to criticize Obama and is moving to repair relations with China that had been strained under his predecessor over disputes in the South China Sea.

If the Philippines becomes buddies with China, that may become a problem for us in the future.