So if, let's say, a hired assassin would kill someone from you family, would you say "well, it's against the law, but it was his job, so it's OK"? I doubt it...
If the NSA's job is to sabotage allies, then they've a wrong job. Period.
Henry Ford didn't invent the automobile (that award went to Karl Benz a few years earlier)
Don't say it out loud, or Cugnot will be steaming with rage in his grave.
Yes, it should read "the modern automobile". Then the above statement is correct.
Now, if you want to talk about the Japanese or the Germans for taking our original inventions and making them better, then I'm with you all the way. The Chinese? They still have a while to go before overcoming their issues, especially when the cheapskate culture is so widespread around here.
Well, that's a different case. The Japanese and the Germans are on the same "side" as the US - they generally don't copy, but invent themselves (e.g. the automobile, which has been invented in Germany). Thus, they have the same problem - their products are copied by China, India etc.