So the undercover “sleeper” or better sleep-walking Russian spies are back in Moscow and we exchanged them for spies we had working for us over there. It all worked out well. But maybe too well. It ended too quickly. With the 24-hour news cycle, we didn’t get nearly enough time to look into the Russian spies lives. We didn’t have a webcam watching every move like the oil spewing out of the bottom of the Gulf.
No, it was too good to last. Alas, the brief return to days of old and “cold” could not stick around. Thomas Friedman notes in his column that the Russians spying on us is indeed anachronistic. It’s as if they still just don’t get it.
But we do have television shows aplenty either airing or in the works to give us that warm Cold War feeling. Covert Affairs is cool, but still wanting to embrace the halcyon days when we knew our enemies — “the commies” and they knew us. Other shows are coming to take the place of “24” and Alias. We still loves spies, the question is — are we willing to let our make-believe spies take us into the ugly underbelly of our enemies’ world? The Russians are tame, timid compared to the Islamic fundamentalist tide swelling around the world.