With Friends like These.

What years of Franco-American relations can teach the U.S. about getting along with Turkey

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Jacques Chirac.

In geopolitics, even the best of friends sometimes fall out. Consider the case of the U.S. and Turkey, whose Prime Minister met with President Bush on Nov. 5. The U.S. initiated the Truman Doctrine in 1947 to provide Turkey and Greece with the economic and military support necessary to keep them out of the Soviet sphere of influence. Turkey fought side by side with the U.S. in the Korean War. And the two nations have been NATO allies since 1952. But recently the relationship has come under strain. First the U.S. Congress threatened to pass a controversial resolution condemning Turkey for...

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