"Do what we want and nobody gets hurt!"
  - part of the alphabet-soup of blackmail and treason

1. The US only ever operates when they see some clear advantage.

2. Corollary; any 'partner' is guaranteed to come out second best.

 [update, 10:41]

It occurs to me that the following describes a possible NWO process; I'll try to add some more sooner rather than later.

3. One thing these FTAs do is to push US laws onto 'partners;' this amounts to selling-out on sovereignty, and enables possible US demands for extradition or punitive damages for any US entity feeling hardly-done-by (justifiable or not) in some 'partner' jurisdiction - see Dotcom/NZ.

4. "Security cooperation" is a stick the US waves; it's blackmail and code for "do what we want and nobody gets hurt" = black-ops threats. (Up to and including aggressive, illegal invasion = "supreme international crime.")

5. Think treason, then recall "Get a briefing!" Part of such a briefing process is a) secret and b) never to be disclosed, probably on pain of death - or worse (damage to a loved one, say.) Note: Secrecy is a mortal enemy of democracy. Asking the local rulers to surrender both defence and economic policy to the US is exactly that, namely an acute form of treason. (Not so BTW; no wonder that the "All politicians lie!" expression came into common currency thanks, but "No, thanks!" to JWHoward.) Of course, no local politician could stand his own treason being disclosed, so: System works - for the US, then consult the dictionary:

conspiracy n. (pl. -ies) 1 secret plan to commit a crime; plot. 2 conspiring. [Latin: related to *conspire] [POD]

When NZ banned US nuclear-warships, "security cooperation" was suspended as punishment, plus, one assumes, other hurtful measures. Stick and carrot approach - between so-called 'friends,' and I'd say the stick always hurts far more than one might expect. Words like 'downright draconian' come to mind.

Oderint dum metuant

"Let them hate, so long as they fear"

We can see results around the world; Whitlam was threatened 'back then' for his discussion vis-à-vis Pine Gap, say, and currently, Merkel has to support US spying on German citizens, and that looong after the terrorism-mask has been ripped off (proof = reports of commercial losses to German industry, say), due to the *non-terrorism* nature of some info collected by US-spying.

Exactly because "covert ops" are part of the CIA's modus opererandi, we can't know what they're up to (absent a Snowden or three); and any country willing to illegally "Shock'n whore" (Wesley Clark “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”) leading to the deaths of as many as 1mio+ innocents just in Iraq alone, is hardly likely to shy from *any* foulness.