Photo Gallery: Obama, the Ice-Cold Friend
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Photo Gallery: Obama, the Ice-Cold Friend

Frenemies Spying on Allies Fits Obama's Standoffish Profile

Diplomats are not surprised that the security agencies under US President Barack Obama have reportedly been monitoring close allies like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He has failed to foster close relationships with other heads of state, causing much frustration around the world.