Quothe the Craven:
2) Do you think that other countries would do a better job of being globo cop?
In an Ideal World, of course. There is, however, no postal code for Utopia.
The inescapable fact is that The National Technical and Economic Means of The US render her exclusively qualified for the job. Apart from diplomatic niceties and logistic convenience, the US has no compelling need for "Allies" or "Partners". In point of fact, the US "invents" jobs to enable the participation of many other nations. Accomodating their relative lack of meaningful contributory technical resources consumes US resources. From Communications to Logistics, from Administration to Weapons Systems, we make allowances for our "Freinds". Invaluable at The Conference Table, they nonetheless hold us back on The Battlefield. That's not their fault, its not our fault ... it just is. Militarily, a coalition of The Major EU Powers would lack the capability of The US, and any action of such a coalition would certainly result in higher casualties than if The US played a major role. The US alone, as The World Is Today, is the only qualified candidate for the position.