That sentiment — expressed by 20th century US super-politico Henry L. Stimson — certainly seems naive these days. But given the fallout of the Snowden affair, it’s worth asking whether the strategic benefits of successful/undetected peacetime espionage match the price of getting caught. Per Russia Today:
US Secretary of State John Kerry had to face tough questioning over NSA surveillance in Colombia, ahead of his visit to Brazil — the country which has been the US’s top spying target in Latin America in Edward Snowden’s intelligence leaks.
Amid a chill in relations between Washington and Latin America, Brazil appears reluctant to go ahead with a planned $4 billion purchase of 36 US fighter jets, with sources close to the deal citing lack of trust as a reason, Reuters reported.