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I must admit to a certain amusement reading Ralph Cossa and Brad Glosserman’s hand-wringing, whiny polemic, complete with dire warnings. This piece is typical of the hail of rants emanating from those who are worried that a Democratic Party of Japan-led Japan might actually ask Washington to compromise on several bilateral security issues. This worry is not about preserving the alliance but rather about preserving its unbalanced and unequal nature.

What these neocolonial commentators fail to appreciate is that an unbalanced and unequal alliance — one between a dominant power that imposes the terms on a subservient one — is inherently unstable.

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