Ever-expanding global partnerships should focus on "maritime security, energy security, and cyber security" cooperation.
Rasmussen stressed building partnerships, by which it is not to be understood ones of equality, with China and India. In March NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, spoke to the U.S. Congress on the topic of building partnerships with India and Brazil. The "emergence of new powers" must be neutralized and if possible co-opted. In Rasmussen's words: "To do all this, we need an alliance that is globally aware. Globally connected. And globally capable. That is my vision for NATO."
"NATO's partnerships play a key part in meeting the security concerns of today and tomorrow -- be they local, regional, or global. The range of our partnerships reflects the world we live in."
But among the scores of allies and partners around the world, NATO's first among equals was, is and ever will remain the U.S.
"The transatlantic bond lies at the very heart of NATO..."
"Some see the United States' pivot to Asia-Pacific as the end of this unique partnership. They are wrong. The security of America and Europe is indivisible. We are stronger, and safer, when we work together. And that is why NATO remains the indispensable Alliance."
The indispensable, global military bloc. Rasmussen used the words globe, global, globally, globalized, world and international 27 times in his speech. No one can pretend not to understand what NATO's plans are.
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