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U.S. allies as explained by ‘Mean Girls’

With all the war and turmoil happening, it can be difficult to believe that countries can be friends,

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because sometimes countries can really hate on the red, white and blue.

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But just like a teenage girl, the U.S. has enemies, frenemies and, of course, their “besties for the resties” — what most people in government refer to as an ally.

According to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S.’s most recent ally is Japan. Japan and the U.S. signed the Japanese Treaty in 1960. This treaty said any attack from either country would be bad for both parties involved.

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Perhaps our most interesting current ally is Israel. The U.S. was the first to recognize Israel as independent in 1948. Since then, Israel has been our main friend in the Middle East, even in the current conflict between Israel and Palestine.

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Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have a strange relationship. Politico referred to it as a “loveless marriage.” Saudi Arabia buys the most U.S. weapons, and we are certainly not in a place to divorce our oil-rich husbands, but let’s just say the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are that couple in a restaurant that won’t stop bickering.

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An honorable mention of strong U.S. allies is our dear neighbor in the north, Canada. They’re kind of like the sweet, quiet and supportive relative. According to the Embassy of the U.S., the U.S. trades up to $1.6 billion per day in goods with Canada, and more than 300,000 people cross the borders daily.

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The U.S.’s most “bae”-worthy ally is the U.K.

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama are on the phone all the time, checking in on each other, making sure everyone is on the same page. The two countries are in agreement on handling the Islamic State, and both leaders have said they will not be intimidated by “barbaric killers.”

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So, basically, when it comes to the love between the U.S. and the U.K. …

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International relations are ever-changing. Who the U.S. is allied with today could change tomorrow. Until then, keep your friends close and your political allies closer.

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Thanks, Gretch.

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