Ken is wrong by acting as if the USSR was acting on a purely defensive basis all the time. What about the Ogaden War? Not to mention the war in Afghanistan (which was an invasion that resulted in the death of the head of state by the KGB, not a “request” except for the obvious fact that every single Afghan province was in rebellion by 1979) and various other incidents. The Soviets co-opted progressive movements for their own ends and set up ‘Communist’ movements in others, while attacking Maoists and Hoxhaists. See for example the Soviet indifference to Allende being killed (while Maoists and Hoxhaists condemned the USSR over this) in comparison to the outrage the Soviets expressed over Sandinista-ruled Nicaragua or MPLA-ruled Angola. Even today FARC-EP (which was pro-Soviet) attacks members of the EPL (Popular Liberation Army, a Hoxhaist guerrilla force in Colombia).
By the 1980′s, the USSR was divided into state-capitalist and market-capitalist types. People like Ligachev were the former (they were revisionists, they twisted Marxism-Leninism for their own ends) and people like Gorbachev were the latter (also revisionists, but they wanted to go beyond that and simply verbally abandon socialism, see: ). The USSR was significantly less of a threat after 1985 since it was becoming increasingly consumed by domestic issues and Gorbachev wanted to end the Cold War.
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Ken, you have it wrong. The USSR wasn’t a threat to America, but not by choice. The Soviet Union, as a system, was so corrupt and mismanaged, there is pretty much no way they could have sustained any offensive military action in Europe or North America, pretty much from the time Stalin died until they collapsed. I know veterans of the Afghanistan War (the Soviet invasion) who say that 90% of what they ate was stolen or bought from Afghans; the army was so logistically inefficient that without stealing from the locals, they would have starved to death. The Soviet government was bureaucratic to a fault, unable to really do anything in a quick and competent manner, and its upper leadership were uninformed and clueless. To this day, it is unknown who gave the actual order to commence the coup of the Afghan president which led to the later Soviet Invasion.