If you know the classic image of these two characters, then you know neither one was ever able to outmaneuver the other. When I read the stories of the NSA eavesdropping on the phone calls of world leaders, my gut reaction is, for what? The new century has brought wars down to the level of just a few guys. We may never see another full blown Army against Army again. Why? For the simple reason being that we live in a much more interdependent world economy than ever before. And it only gets tighter as time goes on. The days of 100,000 man massing armies shipped to another continent may just be too expensive. Surely, we [The US] would retaliate if we are struck ourselves. But it's particularly hard to retaliate against an idea. I cant help but think that these agencies [the spys] are in business simply because they have been for so long, its the status quo. And since Washington is a zero sum power play, no politician or military leader wants to give up their piece of the pie. Certainly we cannot unilaterally disarm and hope the rest of the world follows our lead. The primary job of government is to protect its' people. But maybe its time to rethink the cold war mentality with the limited financial resources that we have. What do you think. If we closed up shop, would anybody even notice?