Given that Turkey (friend) shares a borders with Syria (enemy), you would think this is an easy call on our part, but the failures of the Arab Spring have complicated things.
Domestically, there would be no Republican Party without a Democratic Party.
When he took office, President Obama had Democratic (his friends) majorities in the House and the Senate. Look what happened when he had no Republicans (his opponents) to push against in the 2010 mid-term elections.
Republicans (our friends) won control of the House by such numbers that it is doubtful the Democrats (our opponents) can win it back within this decade.
As the Senate works through the immigration bill, look at what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (opponent) has been up to. He has largely stayed on the sidelines - although he did stroll onto the pitch Wednesday, saying that "he will not allow the Gang of Eight immigration bill to require stricter border security measures merely in order to attract Republican votes."
Why? Doesn't he want Republican votes?
Not so fast. If he can blame the defeat of immigration reform on the GOP (friend) then he prevent them from using immigration to attract Hispanic voters (would-be friends) down the road.
Reid needs the GOP to stay the enemy of Hispanics.
See how simple this is?