Originally Posted by DenverBrit
It's about context. In political terms, a country who is an Ally, is not necessarily a friend....or vice versa. Soviet Union comes to mind. A friend, diplomatically, means we are not at war with them.
I'm sure Obama....and the West, would prefer a pro western democracy, without a Muslim Brotherhood history. But we have no control over their election, only how we respond to the outcome.
So what should Obama have said?? We are still allies of Egypt?? I'm not sure what it is you find wrong with his statement, it has been praised by both parties.
The same two parties that have condemned Romney's ignorance. So they must be right.
another dictionary scholar who doesn't know how to use a dictionary. If "ally = friend, you can even look it up in the dictionary", then the dictionary would read:
1. A friend.
Instead, we open the dictionary, flip to the a's, aaaaaaaaaaaaand...
1. a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose: Canada and the United States were allies in World War II.
2. Biology . a plant, animal, or other organism bearing an evolutionary relationship to another, often as a member of the same family: The squash is an ally of the watermelon.
3. a person who associates or cooperates with another; supporter.
And yes, Brit, you're absolutely correct. USSR and the US were allies in WWII. They were not friends. Japan, Germany and Italy were allies in WWII. They were not friends.
Ally =/= friend.