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Mar3012, 05:10 PM

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Ballistic missiles? The first legitimate Soviet ballistic missile wasn't until a decade after the war ended. By that time MAD was already in full swing. There never was a missile gap; the US had the Soviets outgunned with respect to nuclear weapons from day 1. (Not that it matters much when each side had the ability to wipe out the other dozens of times over.) The Soviets feared the US as much as, if not more than, the US feared the Soviets with regard to a nuclear WWIII. Mad Ivan? The Soviets weren't mad, at least not in their minds. We were. The only way the Soviets were going to launch their missiles was if we launched ours first. 


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Mar3012, 05:18 PM

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Mar3012, 07:35 PM

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Which almost it did, in October 1962.



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