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One of the nice things about the Cold War was that we could nearly
always tell who were our friends and who were our enemies. There
were certain countries we could more or less count on to take our side,
and others that regularly opposed us. It is, however, more complicated
now. If we could previously take the opposition of countries in the
Communist bloc for granted, we are now able to look to those same
countries for occasional support. With such nations potentially willing
to side with us on selected issues, we have fewer "reliable enemies."

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