Is it inappropriate for the President to inform a friendly nation of a military operation occurring in their region?
It scared me to think this idiot runs the military. How incompetent.
If he deems it the thing to do, Yes, he's the President.
What a silly question! Of course it is a courtesy that our leaders should inform friends of military operations off their borders! This is yet another example of how desperate Democrats have become in the wake of their historic failure last November!
Not informing friends is one sophomoric way to start a conflict that results in friendly fire casualties!
This post gave me cancer. I'm really sad bc I know you probably think you're intelligent.
The submarine's location is classified for a reason. Giving any hint to a location compromises the entire submarine force to counter detection.
Furthermore, Duterte has said he wanted to move away from the USA and towards china, so how is he expected to keep our secrets for us?
"By announcing the presence of nuclear submarines, the president, some Pentagon officials privately explained, gives away the element of surprise — an irony given his repeated declarations during the campaign that the US announces far too many of its military plans when it comes to combatting ISIS.
Moreover, some countries in the region, particularly China, seek to develop their anti-sub capability. Knowing that two US submarines are in the region could allow them to test their own military capabilities."
Uh, Trump? Was that a trick question?
Ah, the logic of a blind Trump supporter.
Not if you don't care about our servicemen getting killed.
Dude. Stop defending this. From one service member (us navy, submariner) to another: this is unacceptable.
Under the circumstances Trump did, it's totally inappropriate.
There are times where it may be very appropriate and that we want people to know
Misleading question. There are too many unknowns to answer correctly.
Who's the country? What does the military op supposed to accomplish? How friendly is the ally? Depending on situation, either answer could be justified
If secrecy is not vital, a heads up message of our presence or intent might save lives.
No, not to a strategic ally that allows our military presence in their country.
It's insane! Especially regarding nuclear submarine deployments.
Are you calling the Philippines a friendly nation? The country led by a human rights violator who wants to throw people out helicopters and kill people for using drugs?
They are our allies, and allow us important military access in the region. Since we have a presence in their country, their defense is also ours.
They should not be our allies at all.
They are very important to our defense. China has a increasing presence there. This is a strategic location that the US cannot afford to loose.
Lesser of two evils.
If we alienate every country that failed to meet our standards of human rights we would have no friends left in the world. We wouldn't even be on our own side
I agree Hammerring. We need a presence in the Pacific, and South China Sea. While Obama was president China gained a foothold there.
We can ally with Taiwan or Malaysia(idk). But there are much much better countries to choose from. It's not a binary choice.
Not really. It is for their protection as well as Japan and South Korea.
We are allies with South Korea, Japan, Australia... Do we really need the Philippines?
Musico- any idea what it would cost to replace the infrastructure and relationship established with our military in the Philippines. It is not just the current leader with whom we work closely. There are numerous invaluable layers of command and control. One angry despot whacking drug dealers and political enemies should not be the reason to diminish our naval power. He will be replaced or settle down soon.
Even without them, we still have IMMENSE power. America owns several islands in the Pacific; our stuff can go there.
For all of our allies in the region, and for our own interests, the Philippines is a strategic ally. The proximity to the countries you mentioned, and to China, make this very important. The US military has a presence and infrastructure there. The friendship of the Philippine people and the US goes back decades. They supplied many nurses to the US during the nursing shortage.
Mus ... it might be better for you to say nothing rather than looking like such a fool for saying things that are THIS idiotic!
You are absolutely clueless as to the strategic interests of the US in Asia. It appears that you attended the Obama Foreign Policy School for Ignorant Intellectuals!