Just as our parents had to change their thinking when WWII was over, we who have lived through the cold war have to change our way of thinking to the reality of the day. If you think aobut it - we have been involved in war with somebody at some time ever since WWII. The "cold war" was often used as an excuse for the war. The "cold war" was also used to instill fear into Americans (I'm sure Russia used it to instill fear into their people too). Fear is an emotion, not a logical process. When people are afraid they ract and react emotionally. thereby they are more easily controlled.
Example: The Communists want to kill you. I will stop them if you do what i say. I say we must war with --. We must increase military spending. We must increase survailance of Americans. etc.
Today the "cold war" is over and there was no reason for more wars or increased military spending (Which takes away from spending on infastructure, education, research and development, social security etc etc etc) So we have developed a new fear to maintain the cold war status quo ; "Terrorists" They're everywhere, they want to kill you so you must give me not only the money, but the authority not granted in our Constitution in order to save you from this threat.
How about this for irony: This fear policy has created such a deep debt, that we are now borrowing from the largest Communist Country, China, in order to perpetuate Bush's War on the Middle East. We also recently borrowed large sums from China and Yemin (Whch is a source of support for so-called "terrorists") to bail out Wall St.
I say it is time to stop generating fear and start using our thinking, our logic to make better decisions so we can have a better future.