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America: Keep your enemies closer
New York Post ^ | January 15, 2011

Posted on 01/16/2011 12:21:42 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

Like FDR making a deal with Stalin, or Nixon reaching out to China, Americans are going to have to get used to the unthinkable — a treaty with Iran.

So argues GEORGE FRIEDMAN, founder and CEO of the independent intelligence firm Statfor — sometimes called the private CIA — in his new book “The Next Decade” (Doubleday). In his previous book, “The Next 100 Years,” Friedman made the case for an American century, saying that no country truly threatens the United States’ economic or military dominance for decades.

But in the next 10 years, how we handle that empire — and we are an empire, he insists — we must keep our friends close, but our enemies much closer. That means reaching agreements with Iran and Pakistan to keep them from causing trouble, even if their regimes do not change.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: america; enemies

1 posted on 01/16/2011 12:21:45 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

I seem to recall that the first part of the phrase was, “keep your friends close. . . . “ Somehow, that important part seems to have been neglected.


2 posted on 01/16/2011 12:30:10 PM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Like FDR (Progressive authoritarian) making a deal with Stalin, or Nixon (RINO eccentric) reaching out to China

Yeah, I could see POS Socialist Hand-wringer and bed-wetter, Barry Hussein Obama giving away the farm to our mortal enemies.

Carter, Part DEUX.

3 posted on 01/16/2011 12:38:36 PM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Keep our enemies close?

We turned our government over to some of our worst enemies when we elected Obama and his bunch.

You can’t get much closer enemies than that.


4 posted on 01/16/2011 12:58:39 PM PST by Tzimisce (It's just another day in Obamaland.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

So we should make friends with the Islamicists in Pakhistan and Iran, throw Israel overboard, ignore our border because the Mexican drug cartels will do it, ignore China and be wary of India. Doesn’t he have everything exactly reversed?


5 posted on 01/16/2011 1:23:04 PM PST by Surfscoter (Surfscoter)
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