Twin Anchors for American Might

The two U.S. military facilities in the Philippines lie at the epicenter of both the western Pacific and the presidential campaign. To the Pentagon, their eventual fate is of critical importance. As Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage said last week, "Their location astride the vital Pacific sea-lanes, plus their unmatched facilities, makes them an unsurpassable combination."

Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base are the largest U.S. military installations in any foreign country. With 18,000 men and women on active duty, they manifest the determination of the U.S. to maintain its power in the economically fastest-growing region in the world....

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