|The US had major bases in the Philippines until the early 1990's. Subic Bay was one of the largest naval bases in the world. Clark Air Base was severely damgaged due to a volcanic eruption. Mixed in was the politics. In hindsight, could the US have retained the bases? Would it have been worth it to retain the bases? Also had the US retained those bases may it have altered the current realignment of US forces in the Pacific (i.e. US Marine from Okinawa to Guam ; draw down of forces on South Korea). Lastly, would a larger American presence in the last 15 years have made any difference (pro or con)in development of Philippine government or economy?