If you want to see how retarded American foreign policy is, just check out this story.
Not 24 hours pass after the announcement of a new US-Philippine military base sharing agreement, when the streets of Manila go up in flames...
After a horrendous (for the locals) war of conquest, the Filipinos are so paranoid about keeping US bases out of their country, they actually wrote it into their constitution.
So with a bit of arm-twisting Obama gets to re-establish US military bases in the Philippines.
Little does he realize he has just galvanized, re-activated, re-invigorated, and revitalized the anti-American sector in Filipino politics.