The United States remains as the dominant world imperialist country today. The continued status of the United States as the dominant and aggressive world power is manifested in the economic, political and military realities in many parts of the world, including the oceans and space which imperial America had subdivided into “military commands”.
Despite the relative decline of the U.S. economy, and eclipse of itsmajor allies such as countries in the European Union and Japan, Washington and Wall Street are increasingly major forces in Asia, Africa, Europe and other parts of the world. This is why the study of U.S. imperialism maintains its relevance to understanding the international political economy. In the particular case of the Philippines, U.S. imperial dominance represents a major strategic threat to independent Philippine development.
The U.S.’ dominant global economic power is accompanied by its continued surge of military interventions – overt and covert – offensive aerial attacks and unilateral politico-military actions. The dominance of U.S. imperialism puts the lie to the principal arguments of globalization and related reactionary doctrines. The principal agents of the international movements of capital and commodities are multi-national corporations and banks. The multinational corporations are based in the imperial countries even as they operate worldwide. More important, the headquarters in the imperial countries work with their imperial state to hammer out mutually beneficial policies at the expense of their rivals and Third World Countries. The fundamental economic consequences are the headquarters of the MNC control and accumulate profits, interest and royalty payments.
The U.S. pursuit of world economic domination requires that it pursue the role of world policeman. This is manifested in the whole series of military actions that have taken place in recent times. Taken together, these military actions describe a concerted and cumulative drive to impose hegemony throughout a far-flung empire. The most spectacular instance of the projection of imperialist power is found in the bombing of countries as apparently distant and disconnected as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Serbia, both through the use of Tomahawk missiles, unmanned drones and assault by U.S. special operations forces. Another indicator of the growth of U.S. politico-military hegemony is found in Europe. The principal vehicle for U.S. power is NATO. NATO has been expanded to project U.S. military power, and is effectively under U.S. military command.
The re-emergence of U.S. global dominance and the aggressive military posture is outlined in the new U.S. Asia-Pacific defense doctrine unveiled in early 2012. It puts emphasis on the deployment of the Pentagon’s largest armada and military power in the Asia Pacific region, ostensibly to encircle China and target its principal defense centers.
It is in this situation and context that the Philippine Anti-Imperialist Studies (PAIS) is committed to do research and conduct studies, publications and related activities on the present character, impact and consequences of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines in support of awakening the consciousness of the Filipino people and organizing them for social change.