The USA empire is based on the same premises like the Roman Empire : highly mobile military units concentrated from the whole empire to the problematic place.Well this is a stupid move by the US.
The INF only limits ground based missile, it did nothing to limit ship based tomahawks, which is the US’s primary long range strike missile.
The missiles banned by the INF are only of use in a fight on your own doorstep; which the US does not expect to have to fight in the foreseeable feature.
As such the INF limited the Soviets/Russians far more than America.
Australia has already ruled out hosting any new intermediate ranged US missiles on its soil, and the same economic and military calculations apply to all other US leaning nations who might be potential hosts to such weapons, especially in Asia; which seems to be a main reason the US ripped up the INF as it wants a new similar treaty to also include China (good luck with that).
Heh, heh. Yes, the Philippines is the centre of gravity, but not in the way you think. It'll be China establishing military bases in the Philippines. Before you protest that the Philippines is a US ally, understand that things change. China's power will is changing the equation significantly.More importantly, the Philippines is the centre of gravity in any basing consideration. If China sufficiently piss off the Philippines, then the equation will change significantly.