What the Filipinos had paid for in blood, the Americans had paid for with gold.”(3) This initial action ultimately led to the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902. American troops fought the war, as the occasion demanded, without a concrete plan as such and they did not expect to fight it for so long. America strongly believed that they had a right to impose their superior civilization on this Asian country. Americans thought that they would win this war quite easily and quickly, but that did not happen. It created internal controversies and a section of the American opinion makers opposed the war. The enemy would not surrender easily; its ranks attacked and then faded back in to mass of civilians. The invasion of Philippines in 1898 was in lines with the territorial expansionist policy of America, to secure its political and economic interests and to estanblish military bases, in tandem with its belief that it is a global power. American political and military leadership was convinced that that had an important role to play in shaping the world order.
Philippine-American War occurred in three distinct periods: In 1898, it was a war with Spain and U.S. and Filipino forces made a combined front. The war took a new turn of conventional war in 1899, between Filipino forces and U.S. The next and decisive phase was from 1900 to 1902 between Filipino forces and U .S. The simple and straightforward answer to occupation and colonization by the American forces is American political leadership had some ego problems. They always considered themselves as a superior race, destined to rule the countries at will. Aggrandizement for wealth and territorial expansion were the reasons for colonization. The destiny of America played its part. They secured unexpected, stunning victories, within a short period, and the enemy did not expect the Americans to strike with such ferocity. When Filipino realized that they could not fight the U.S troops in a conventional war, they