- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. 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.