- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
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