Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
Well, maybe. But I think he was just playing a game of chicken with the Soviets, knowing they'd go bankrupt before us. It worked, anyway. Whether it was worth it is another matter.

To be fair, many people in the United States (including the CIA) believed throughout the Cold War that the Soviet Union's economy was about 65-70% the size of ours, but it was actually closer to 30% the size. Still, the United States shouldn't be the world's policeman.