Michigan Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, with arm raised, greets the press at the 1948 Republican Convention. Vandenberg worked closely with President Harry Truman's Democratic administration on foreign policy issues even though he was seeking the Republican nomination to challenge the president. "Politics must stop at the water's edge," Vandenberg famously said. Thomas D. McAvoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Waiting For A Break: Obama On 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

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Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel

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Asian Allies' Anxieties Rise Amid Washington Paralysis

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A protester denounces President Obama during a march near Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 7. Bitter rivals in Egypt tend to be united in opposition to the U.S. government, which has been a leading aid donor to the country for decades. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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