- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Cape County boy writes letter, hears from President Donald Trump (11/10/17)
- Medical marijuana may go to voters for decision (11/8/17)4
- Fourth-grade teacher Andrea Cox teaches students how to code, adapt to new technology (11/10/17)
U.S. wore down the Soviets
To the editor:Revisionist historians have a short grasp of the dynamics of the Cold War. The Cold War started when President Truman ordered the bomb dropped. The Soviet Union, our ally, realized it was vulnerable and began to build its own bombs. So we built bigger better bombs. So they built bigger and better bombs. And so on. Then we raced for space.
Soviet Communism was an unsustainable economic system because it stifled creative thought and removed incentives. If you can't lose your job nor progress in it, you may not try very hard. Soviet Communism was also laden with nepotism, which never works out well. The United States wore the Soviets down, almost accidentally, for 40 years. The collapse of Soviet Communism brought a whole new set of tactical problems. Instead of one predictable enemy, we now have many well-armed and independent enemies.
ANDREW HAZARD, Cape Girardeau