Imperialism Imposed and Invited
U.S. policies in Southeast Asia illustrate perhaps better than policies anywhere else in the world this complex process of decay. Southeast Asia was once the scene of perhaps the most intensive-and portentious-U.S. imperial venture of the twentieth century, the Vietnam War. e subsequent U.S. withdrawal of troops from Vietnam was followed by an economic transformation that brought the majority of former Southeast Asian allies more fully under the sway of Japanese and Chinese capitalists. e loss in 1992 of rights to the Clark Air Field and Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines seemed to place an exclamation mark at the end of the sentence proclaiming the demise of U.S. hegemony in this corner of the world.