I guess I am becoming more and more of an isolationist. I too feel that the US should take their soldiers, their sailors, and their military equipment and leave. While they are at it they should remember the next time a calamity strikes the Philippines that they were asked to leave and told that their aid was not needed. I disagree with Duterte on a lot of things. One thing he said in the article was that the only reason Japan invaded the Philippines in WW2 was because the Americans were there. I believe that the reason the Japanese invaded the Philippines was due to the natural resources of the Philippines and the harbors wich made excellent naval bases. I also believe that he can not get better military equipment from the Chinese. His contention is that the US only gave old used equipment to the Philippines so that they would need the US military instead of improving the Philippine military to be a force in the region. He seems to believe that the Chinese, who would prefer that the Philippine military be weak, would provide them with the military resources to stop the Chinese military from fortifying the Spratley Island chains and claiming all of the natural resources for themselves. In the end the Philippines is a sovereign nation and should plot their own course so to speak. I hope that the course they choose leads to economic success for all Filipinos and not just the handful of wealthy families who have basically ruled the Philippines for the last hundred years or so.