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Old October 28 2013, 02:38 AM   #193
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Re: TF: The Crimson Shadow by Una McCormack - Review Thread (Spoilers!

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Well, okay. Obviously the fuss is about that. But the righteous indignation? Puh-leeeez.
And the U.S. would do the same thing if they found out the Germans were bugging the Oval Office.

Listen, this is just the price the U.S. will have to pay for getting its hand caught in the cookie jar. Everyone tries to spy on everyone else... and everyone has to pay the price of others' righteous indignation if they get caught. That's just how it is. We'd do the same thing in their shoes.
I get the official line. You've got to smack the back of the hand that you caught in the cookie jar. It's expected. That's how the game is played. I just do not see how anyone can be naive enough to actually believe this doesn't or shouldn't happen.
Doesn't matter. We bugged their chancellor. The leader of the entire German nation, and even she can't keep her stuff safe from our ears. That sort of thing undermines their sense of safety, their sense that they have power over themselves and their national security. It scares the hell out of them even if it shouldn't.

By the same token, I don't think anyone would be surprised if it turned out that, say, the French were trying to spy on President Obama. But it would freak our government the hell out if it turned out they were trying and succeeding.
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