Protesters march towards the Presidential Palace with the effigies of President Rodrigo Duterte and U.S. President Donald Trump to mark the 154th birth anniversary of the country's revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Operation Pacific Eagle: The US and Duterte Take Aim at China and the Armed Poor

Pacific Eagle appears to be a major escalation of U.S. intervention in the Philippines at a time when tensions in the Korean Peninsula are becoming explosive and when China is transitioning from a regional to a global power. And just as in Plan Colombia, there is both the regional and the internal dimension.