“It is wrong to conclude that the rise of countries like China, India and Brazil means the end of American and European leadership. Even as more nations take on the responsibilities of global leadership, our alliance will remain indispensable.”
Moreover, president Obama stated that the United States and Britain remained “indispensable” nations for peace and stability and the “greatest catalysts for global action” in a time of war, terrorism and economic insecurity.
Equally reassuring, indeed.
Except that Germany and Japan are drawn into different orbits, while the Chinese are growing more nervous, if not assertive, by the day. Not to mention that the Brits see things differently as far as: a) tackling the economic crisis, b) military budgets, c) Libyan priorities, or d) the upcoming September vote at the UN when the Arab League intends to propose the recognition of the Palestinian state.
What's going on here, had we been liked and respected only as long as we could pay our way, or we've departed too much from what others saw and liked about us?