Originally Posted by rlb
You say "neither side is pure evil". I know our government isn't "pure evil"; but the Soviet 50's/60's invasions of Hungary and Czechoslovakia qualifies their government in my mind. Of course, at the "working level" they are carrying out the orders of their governments and the definition of good and evil become blurred.
Let's not assume we're above doing sleezy stuff.
Don't forget that we had our hands in places like Iran and Iraq in the 70's and 80's purely to try to repell the Soviets. We armed militants there and got them to scrap for us, then when things went bad, we said "you're on your own - keep up the good fight". Keep in mind that a young man named Osama Bin Ladin was one of those we burned in that deal, which became the official birth of the suicide bomber.
Further, don't forget our "police actions" in places like Vietnam. We occupied various places around the globe, including Cuba, Haiti and part of Berlin at one point. During World War II, we didn't just vaporize two entire civilian cities in retaliation for them hitting a military target, we imprisoned a whole lot of Japanese American citizens.
We have more bases around the world than anyone else - including in places where no one likes us. This includes Cuba, where we're hated so much that they refuse to even cash our lease checks.
Of course, we also shouldn't forget how we got our big land mass in the first place - and the second place when we headed West. Finally, there are several million African Americans that are still waiting on their 40 acres and a mule.
That doesn't even take into account all the "research" the government performed on ordinary citizens in regards to disease, drugs and atomic bombs.
We aren't as clean as we like to think we are. We aren't Nazi dirty, but we've done our fair share of making others miserable.
As to the FBI boss having "paranoid delusions", he is the head of the FBI's counter intelligence group. It's his job to pursue every avenue that could determine if there was Soviet involvement in the attempted shooting of Reagan. What's done with the information is above his pay grade. Same thing applies to Elizabeth and Phillip. They acknowledged at the end of the show that it was their job to gather information; not determine what to do with it. Right or wrong, they knew they would be disciplined if their handlers in the Kremlin found out that they had withheld their intelligence.
The only issue is the linear thinking that it's always those big bad Russians that are to blame. If the show were about sleeper agents from the middle east, the focus would always be on how they might be to blame. That's how these shows always work. The only threat is the one for which you have an ongoing acting part for someone.
This wasn't the 60's. The Russians weren't the only people we didn't get along with.
It would be nice to see the exploration of all the "work product" in analyzing a security incident to include all threats.
On the other hand, the Russian agents were right to be afraid of some kind of sweep - even if they weren't the only target.