PHILIPS, Philippines – If you’re an American, it seems, the country has decided to let you forget about it.
In the last two decades, the U.S. has spent more than $300 billion on its military, homeland security, and counterterrorism efforts, including hundreds of billions on its first-responders and thousands of contractors and others.
The country has also taken in more than 3 million refugees.
Now, for the first time, the American people may be able to see the damage done to their own country by a military that has become a scourge.
On Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte delivered a speech in which he vowed to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and said his administration would send a team to investigate the Philippines for its involvement in the bloody civil war in Syria.
But his plan came as a shock to many Filipinos, who had grown accustomed to the Trump administration telling them that they were safe in their own countries and that their country had been spared the onslaught of terrorism.
In fact, many Americans had expected to see their nation hit by more of the same, as the war in the Middle East escalated and as the United States and its allies have intensified their efforts to combat the ISIL threat.
Instead, the administration has shown itself incapable of confronting the threat.
The U.K., France and Germany are the only countries that have sent special forces and drones to the Philippines.
U.N. peacekeepers have been stationed in the country for decades.
Duterte has said he will not use the U-2 spy plane to spy on the U,S.
or its allies.
And Duterte has been unable to convince other countries to send troops to the country to protect it from its own homegrown terrorism.
Duterte is not alone.
President Donald Trump has had a similarly stinging and sometimes disastrous response to the threat posed by ISIL.
And the United Nations has warned that it will send peacekeepers to help the Philippines fight back.
So, the Philippine government’s announcement to send a military team to the U’s Philippines is not a surprise.
It is a signal to the world that it is ready to fight back, even if that means confronting the very people who are responsible for the country’s current predicament.
Philippine President Rodrigo D. Duterte speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines March 8, 2021.
Philippines President Rodrigo Diaz-Abadros Jr. delivers a speech at the Philippine National Assembly in Manila April 2, 2021.(Ralph Barrera/Reuters)In a speech to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Duterte said the U.-2 plane, the largest aircraft in the U and one of the most sophisticated spy planes in the world, is the “most important tool in the Philippine counter-terror apparatus.”
He told the group that he was sending a team of 100 to investigate Philippine involvement in terrorism and help fight terrorism.
But the U., which owns and operates the UAS, and the UBS, a Swiss-based investment bank that manages the UAVs, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Philippine government has long insisted that the UAMS is an intelligence-gathering tool used to monitor terrorists and other potential threats.
But a U. S. official told The Associated Press that the Philippine military has no interest in using the UAMs to spy for U.A.E., which is controlled by the United Arab Emirates.
The official said the Philippine mission to the United Kingdom was only intended to investigate its role in the civil war and to assess the effectiveness of the UAMI.
But it is not clear what role the UARS mission would play in fighting terrorism.
A U.C.I.S.-backed Philippine counterterrorism commission that was established in 2014 to study the civil conflict said it is too soon to determine whether the Philippine UAMS mission will be able provide sufficient information to support a full assessment of the effectiveness and capacity of Philippine counterterrorism operations.
It said in a statement that the Philippines UAMS team is “not designed to assess U. A.E. counter-terrorism operations,” and that it should focus instead on the need to address the root causes of the conflict, such as human rights abuses, corruption, and poverty.
Philippinos President Rodrigo De Agostino addresses the UMAS, the Philippines’ largest foreign service, in Pasay city, Metro Manila, March 9, 2021..
ReutersThe UAMS was created to assist the Philippines in battling terrorism, and a Philippine official said in an interview with the AP that the mission will work to investigate allegations of human rights violations by the Philippine army.
It also will assess whether the UARs mission in the Philippines was successful in fighting ISIL, and assess whether there was sufficient intelligence on the organization to provide for the Philippine national security.
The Philippines has faced criticism that it has not done enough to stop the rise of the Islamic States,