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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Is Philippine president ready to chuck U.S. alliance?

Foreign Policy | Analysts say despite his bluster, Rodrigo Duterte isn’t likely to sacrifice a relationship that benefits his country
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/16/16, 12:36 pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s calls this week for withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the southern Philippines, as well as the suspension of joint U.S.-Philippine naval patrols in the South China Sea, have raised concerns about the countries’ relationship.

“The special forces, they have to go,” Duterte said during an oath-taking ceremony on Monday, according to the Philippine Star. “I do not want a rift with America. But they have to go.”

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GOP lawmakers up in arms over leaked Pentagon memo

Military | Internal document suggests strategy for playing ‘hardball’ in fight over Republican defense spending proposal
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/09/16, 11:03 am

House and Senate Republicans are blasting an internal Pentagon memo that recommends “hardball” tactics to undermine House Speaker Paul Ryan’s defense spending bill.

The memo, obtained by Politico, recommends several tactics, including exploiting differences between House and Senate versions of the spending bill, “capitalizing on [the] discomfort” of a key Republican congressman, and using the threat of a presidential veto as a “weapon.”

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U.S., India forge defense, counter-terror pacts

Defense | Agreements help strengthen the united front against a rising China
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/01/16, 09:24 am

The United States and India have signed a defense cooperation agreement many are calling a milestone in the strategic relationship between the two democracies.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), which provides for the reciprocal provision of logistical support and supplies such as food, water, fuel, medical services, and transportation.

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