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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Throws Rocks At US Glass House – OpEd


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte illustrated on Friday the wisdom of the aphorism that “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”


Reuters reports that Duterte said that America is “lousy,” that he would never again visit America, and that “it would be good for the US Congress to start with their own investigation of their own violations of the so many civilians killed in the prosecution of the wars in the Middle East.”

Duterte made his comments in reaction to United States House of Representatives Member James McGovern (D-MA) stating opposition to Duterte, who has garnered much attention due to the many killings in the name of the war on drugs he is pursuing in the Philippines, coming to America to meet with President Donald Trump.

Notably, McGovern has been one of the US Congress members most active in trying to require congressional votes on the continuation of US wars. Still, Duterte’s comments are well-placed. Hopefully, Duterte’s comments will resonate with Americans and help convince more Americans to call for the US government to reject its pro-war foreign policy.

As Duterte’s comments help make clear, a government that kills overseas in a plethora of aggressive wars, raids, and air strikes is behaving more in a despicable fashion than an exceptional fashion. The US government would do well to reject the advice of war advocates, including those who profit from the military-industrial complex, and embrace Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson’s wise advice to pursue a noninterventionist foreign policy.

This article was published by RonPaul Institute.


Adam Dick

Adam Dick is a Senior Fellow at Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

3 thoughts on “Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Throws Rocks At US Glass House – OpEd

  • July 24, 2017 at 2:41 am

    The United States should remember that next time there is a hurricane or mudslide . When I don’t know how many times we’ve helped put them back together

    • July 24, 2017 at 5:48 am

      There had been a compromise on America’s help. They controlled the Philippine’s own local and foreign policies. Actually, during the previous administration the Philippines was being used by America to confront the Chinese naval ships in the South China sea despite the country’s very low capabilities of their sea defenses just for the sake of their self-interests. Remember there is always a compromise in every money you give to someone. America is always like that.

  • July 24, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Duterte won;t go to the U.S. because it’s hard to get by with murder there. He has avoided prosecution in the Philippines for 30 years.


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