- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Especially if it is to wait for China to scare its neighbors into seeking alliances with the United States and each other, and other steps to improve security. The United States and Philippines have some kind of deal on troop rotations and pre-positioning of equipment.
The Economist had a good cartoon about this the other day.