So it was striking to read a piece by Arthur Cebrowski in the Financial Times that appears to make the opposite case.
In Transforming America's Military, 4 Jan, Cebrowski (a retired US Navy vice admiral) starts on familiar ground:
Growing disparities between the
"The notion of containing today's problem until its dynamics implode or simply wind down - the axiom that once guided military diplomacy - cannot work".
But Cebrowski 's prescription for what to do about it looks surprisingly multilateral. Not only, he argues, does the US need to work more closely with traditional allies to solve the problem as defined, but it needs to reach out to non-traditional allies and share technology in depth with them too:
This looks like the makings of collaboration with all plauisible major state actors (although India and Brazil are among those he happens not to mention). How far does this go? Who is behind it, and could it really mean?