- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17)
- Comedian, cancer survivor Tom Green headlines sold-out Cancer Center benefit (1/22/17)
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