Why did the U.S. involve itself in the Philippine-American War?

I’ve been trying to find out more information about the Philippine-American War (or the Philippine Insurrections depending on how you want to view it). Coming on the coattails of the Spanish-American War, where the stated goal of the U.S. was to free Spanish colonies from the tyranny of the Spanish Imperial governments, why did the U.S. immediately turn around and fight a war against the Philippine people, who, once free of the Spanish Tyranny, formed their own elected government and declared independence?

I would say it was the imperial ambitions of the U.S. at the time, but the U.S. government turned right around 14 years after it ended and said, “Oh yeah, we’re going to give you independence at some point” with the passage of the Jones Act. From what I’ve read of the Spanish-American War, McKinley wasn’t actually enthusiastic about fighting it even though his Congress was, so I don’t what what the impetus for the U.S. trying to hold onto the Philippines was from a foreign policy perspective. From what little bit I can gather of Philippine-American War, it seems like General Otis may have gone a little overboard or off the reservation. I also can’t find anything about the U.S. wanting any kind of precious natural resources from the Philippines.

I’d say all wars are stupid and wasteful, but this one seems especially so. 4,200 Americans and 200,000+ Filipinos died for what end? Any recommended reading would be appreciated.

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