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Show Of Hands May 29th, 2018 2:25am

Do you think our 'victory' in the Cold War was more due to American accomplishment or Russian incompetence?

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Amaranth Iowa
06/01/18 10:15 pm

They’re not, duh! The only people killed in the cold war were spies. The USA won without having to deploy a single solider because the USSR sucked so hard that it just fell apart on it’s own.

Amaranth Iowa
06/01/18 10:11 pm

It ended when the Soviet Union collapsed.

Camelots 1077 Merritt rd
06/09/18 9:05 pm

Has it really though? Putin is ex-KGB.

mnct Ohio, USA
06/01/18 4:22 pm

As much as I love America, communism is far worse than we are great.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
06/01/18 10:56 am

It’s a close call. I’m not sure which was the bigger factor.

06/01/18 7:07 am

Result of Communism not working and capitalism working

05/31/18 7:12 am

Their economy collapsed, enough said

prallen Property and order
05/30/18 8:23 pm

The USSR was terrible in every fashion except for high income equality and expansive military development

05/31/18 3:43 am

You do realize the USSR had a three tier income level,?

prallen Property and order
06/01/18 4:56 am

Of course. Every capitalist country has more than three income levels or economic classes

06/01/18 6:40 am

In capitalist countries they're still called classes, although the barriers between classes are extremely weak to non existent. In my own lifetime I've been through seven classes. Here there is hope, that nearly extinct commodity in communist countries.

prallen Property and order
06/02/18 2:25 am

Like I said, there’s plenty of inequality in capitalist countries. If you deserve it, you’ll usually get to the top. This is why income is highly statified by intelligence, time preference, mental and physical health.

06/02/18 3:41 am

And effort and attitude.

05/30/18 6:14 pm

70% of Dems trashing the economic system they love

otto Olean, NY
05/30/18 12:57 am

Both. USSR was rife with incompetence. Reagan was smart and shrewd enough to know that. Then he used our intelligence to discover the specific incompetencies and then he used policy, diplomacy and military to exploit the incompetencies.

Obama could not do the same with ISIS or Iran because he was too concerned with their feelings and political correctness. Plus, as opposed to Reagan, he just didn’t believe that America is all that special.

coloradical Vote or Shut Up
05/29/18 11:55 pm

Between the Bush’s,Clinton & Obama Administrations we could never win a Cold War. But now with Trump I have Confidence again!

AndyL Canada
05/29/18 7:47 pm

From an outsider looking in. It was Russia's incompetence and failed ideology which made the difference

SupremeDolphin They.them
05/29/18 11:51 am

I think the question is poorly asked. One the one hand, the power and expansion of the US definitely helped them. In fact, I don't think the Cold War is really worth talking about as far as epochal definitions are concerned. There was nothing to win or lose.

If we want to ask why the USSR was dismantled, I attribute it more to internal contradictions than external pressure.

SupremeDolphin They.them
05/29/18 2:32 pm

Thanks โœŒ๐Ÿฟ

I'd like to clarify – I saw the Cold War is a misnomer for the era because the USSR was never really aggressive towards the US, it was more the US just losing its shit whenever a country didn't want to be part of the empire, and sometimes receiving support from the Soviet Union, another country which didn't want to be in the empire... until Gorbachev.

badattitude no place like home
05/29/18 4:20 pm

Are you sure it wasn’t because we bankrupted them by forcing them to try and outspend us in military buildup? We have deeper pockets and were able to outspend them?

benseth 11,780 votes
05/30/18 7:54 am

There wasn’t anything to lose in the Cold War?

benseth 11,780 votes
05/30/18 8:34 am

Maybe not being obliterated by atomic bombs?

SupremeDolphin They.them
05/30/18 8:41 am

In that case, everyone wins except Japan?

benseth 11,780 votes
05/30/18 9:38 am

๐Ÿง Japan was bombed during the second Great War, not the Cold War.

benseth 11,780 votes
05/30/18 9:42 am

I’m not sure what would be more epochal than nuclear war. If it indeed was how it’s said to have been in the Cold War, we have never been closer to an epochal event in modern history.

SupremeDolphin They.them
05/30/18 11:25 am

But nuclear war never happened. No one won.

Japan was the only country nuked, and it was the first act of the Cold War, according to many historians, because its purpose was to show off the US arms development to the Soviets

benseth 11,780 votes
05/30/18 11:58 am

Okay sure. It was the catalyst that set off the Cold War but it was mostly considered the catalyst for Japanese surrender IN the second Great War.

benseth 11,780 votes
05/30/18 12:01 pm

And of course nuclear war didn’t happen. That was the whole point of the Cold War.

SupremeDolphin They.them
05/30/18 12:13 pm

It wasn't the catalyst for Japanese surrender. The Japanese were ready to surrender, especially with the prospects of Soviet invasion.

badattitude no place like home
05/30/18 12:13 pm

And the concept of MAD mutually assured destruction that worked with the Soviet Union won’t work with an EMP strike from them or anyone else. A detonation at 300 miles up will not be a reason for a retaliatory strike. But it will probably kill up to 90% of the US population within a year.

benseth 11,780 votes
05/30/18 12:24 pm

That’s why I said “mostly considered”. It seems you are just trying to find something to argue with me about.

badattitude no place like home
05/31/18 4:56 am

“The Soviet economy had begun to stagnate by about 1975, in part dragged down by over-spending in the Soviet military at the expense of consumer needs and other necessary investments. And by the time of Leonid Brezhnev’s death in 1982, many in the Soviet leadership knew that their economy was beset by long term problems, including eroding worker discipline, rising alcoholism, wasteful investment and the Soviets’ striking failure to integrate computer technology into their production systems. None of these factors owed anything to the Reagan military buildup, which began only a year before Brezhnev’s death and several years after Soviet growth rates began to sputter.”

benseth 11,780 votes
05/31/18 7:01 am

They figured out the computer tech

Robert97206 Portland Oregon
05/29/18 11:21 am

The Soviet union fell, but we never ended the cold war. We are still in it.

phalnx Ohio
05/29/18 11:04 am

The Soviets were never our competitors in anything but the military. They only lasted as long as they did because their people were brainwashed into accepting abject poverty as normal. Once enough Western culture crept in, it was only a matter of time.

This is also why Kim Jung Un's days are numbered...too many people are starting to realize that it's a lot better out here.

EarthMunkey The Golden Rule. Always.
05/29/18 10:04 am

More of a declaration than a victory.

mfjd1948 rural johnson co iowa
05/29/18 9:54 am

The USSR failed economically. Its people have never been comfortable with democracy but gravitate towards strong leaders.

Cherepaxa Thirdworld and firstworld
05/29/18 8:02 am

Neither. It would surprise most Americans to learn that the vote to keep the USSR actually won. The coup had a different idea, however.

Most people in ex-Soviet states actually *miss* the Federation.

The problem wasn't an inherent failure of general communist theory (China for instance is doing great), nor a success of capitalism. It was that the people failed to enforce their democracy outside of legal means when the legal means failed them.

patrickmen11 uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
05/29/18 9:03 am

Which ex-soviet countries miss the union? From what I see, at least in Europe, all the countries are doing a lot better now that it’s gone. More freedom, better economies... Unless the -Stan countries are doing poorly, it seems everything’s better for everyone involved.

rambo088 kansas
05/29/18 10:55 am

China is doing great because they adopted some free market principles. Communism is inherently set up to fail and starve millions.

Cherepaxa Thirdworld and firstworld
05/29/18 1:16 pm

Here's one poll on people about the breakup doing harm.

Pew research has other stuff. Very few people are satisfied with a move to capitalist society. Czech Republic being one such place.

Check out the 1991 referendum results.

Cherepaxa Thirdworld and firstworld
05/29/18 1:22 pm

Life genuinely isn't that much better in ex-Soviet states. While places have definitely seen updates thanks to simple progression of time there are many places that that are just shitty third world places to live.

Freedom doesn't mean much when you live in shit and worry about where your next meal comes from or if the water's safe to drink. Integration into the global capitalist economy has resulted in life just like the rest of the world - extraction of value into the first world while hampering development of the local scene.

Obvious101 MO
05/29/18 2:50 pm

Cherepaxa, thanks for the link. ๐Ÿ‘ interesting & unexpected.

05/31/18 3:55 am

Not so very. There is the enduring fantasy, among those of the older generation who tell it to the younger, of a time when people didn’t have to work so hard. The truth is that communism was so inefficient that an assembly line worker only had to put in 2 or 3 hours per day, because after that there was nothing to assemble with.

Now people are expected to put in an honest 8 hours and that grates on people. It was one of the toughest things Germany had to deal with in reunification. Now, of course, people can aspire to better lives and do, but it comes with the cost of actually working harder and smarter.

05/31/18 4:00 am

I’ve been to former Soviet states immediately after the USSR went belly up and later on. The difference in people’s wealth and happiness is startling. Under communism the average person went about with a hangdog expression, with no gleam of hope in their eyes. These days it’s completely different and completely better.

05/31/18 4:03 am

Wealth does bring its own problem, of course. Just think of the stupidity of those in the US who think themselves intellectual by rejecting the cause of their easy lives.

05/31/18 4:09 am

Finally, isn’t it interesting that the poll was taken in countries where freedom and democracy haven’t been the result of the end of the heavy hand of the soviets.

A poll in search of a result?

Cherepaxa Thirdworld and firstworld
05/31/18 5:55 am

>immediately visited collapse

ะฏ ั‚ะตะฑะต ะฝะต ะฒะตั€ัŽ. Think and say what you want, it doesn't change the facts that most people in most ex-Soviet countries (and non like Yugoslavia+Albania) miss the union and that the democratic choice to keep it was overthrown by western assisted coup. Only a handful benefitted at the expense of hundreds of millions. Union has turned into just another third world place like the rest of the capitalist third world subject to the whims of imperialist triad.

Now how do you think people in those first world countries get that wealth?

05/31/18 6:00 am

Not like the USSR, who stripped everything of value from conquered lands to keep up the facade that its system could work.

Poor you, ignorantly trying to defend the indefensible.

05/31/18 6:01 am

Your attitude is going to cost you so much.

Cherepaxa Thirdworld and firstworld
05/31/18 6:14 am

>First world hasn't stripped everything of value

Yeah, keep up that attitude. I'm sure people in all the countries you go visit will appreciate your condescending first world views. ๐Ÿ™„

APpolls2K19 Wisconsin
05/29/18 7:21 am

American capitalism worked and (Soviet) socialism didn't

ThisIsAthens Transhumanist Libertarian
05/29/18 7:08 am

Communism doesn't work-that's why the USSR collapsed

John1 Florida
05/29/18 5:25 am

Both...what really broke the USSR was their inability to compete with the United States. Classic example of communism vs capitalism. One works, the other doesn't.

ptellini Homosuperior
05/29/18 4:29 am

Carter made the Cold War worse.
Reagan won the Cold War.
Obviously, America did it.

05/29/18 4:04 am

Capitalism works.
Communism doesn’t.

History hasn’t just spoken but has yelled it loud and clear.

NemoDude Dead, at this point
05/29/18 3:50 am

Anyone who thinks we were somehow a divine force of good on that war needs to look at My Lai, Iran-Contras, and all of the other terrible things we did. We won because the Soviets never could have lasted from the start.

Liberty 4,032,064
05/29/18 3:47 am

Show of Hands was a participate in the Clod War?

But yeah, things that can’t last forever won’t. Communism is unsustainable.

LazySteelworker USA
05/29/18 8:14 am

What's a Clod war?

Liberty 4,032,064
05/29/18 8:20 am

It was the war fought by iPhone users against the malicious force of Autocorrect, which sought to sabotage their communications with the outside world. The war was thought to have ended in the Battle of Palo Alto, where autocorrects core program was destroyed by a tactical nuke, but there are splinter factions which continue to hamper iPhone users’ communications to this day.

LazySteelworker USA
05/29/18 8:45 am

I just thought maybe it was a war fought by people with colds but your answer works too ๐Ÿ˜„

05/29/18 3:26 am

So far, 70% of Democrats said the Russians sucked. They sucked because of their economy which sucked because of their communist ideology. This is irony

cecasejr Tennessee USA
05/29/18 5:52 am

While they (Democrats) love communism, they hate America more. I’m sure it was a tough vote for some of them..... put down communism or support America??? In the end their overwhelming hate for America won out.

nacho1 Logic Land
05/29/18 6:00 am

The left cannot give credit to America for anything - it shows the mentality of today's lefty.
It will be a generation or two in the wilderness before Obama's America sucks agenda is wiped from the minds of the left and the become relevant.
That is Obama and his merry band of misfit sycophants greatest gift to conservatism and he should be in the GOP Hall of Fame

I wonder if Michelle is still proud of her country or did her pride have an 8 year expiration date that coincided with her rich black family being evicted from public housing for an even richer white family.


Obvious101 MO
05/29/18 3:04 pm

Actually it is President Trump & his Merry Band of Misfits that love the Russians & Comrade Putin. How come no criticism of him & his bunch. And, you do know that there is no longer any communist countries. Not China nor Russia so update to 2018.

nacho1 Logic Land
05/29/18 3:16 pm

I condemn Put in for invading two countries while Obama did nothing.

I condemn Putin for convincing Obama to take missiles out of Poland and the Czech Republic.

I condemn Putin for allowing his mercanaries to get blown up by Trump in Syria.

I condemn Putin for cornering the market on our uranium.

Obvious101 MO
05/30/18 7:16 am

Nacho, you know Trump has not heard any Russians in Syria. He has gone out of his way to avoid doing so. Your comments on Obama is old “fake news“. Shift gears and get real.

nacho1 Logic Land
05/30/18 8:18 am

So the Russian mercanaries that died in the bombing were "fake".
It goes to show you because it was on MSNBC, CNN, NYT, Washington Post, NPR.
I see how you would think it was fake with their track record but the Russians actually said so and I trust them more than the other sources.
Try again to label real news as fake because it shows Trump doing something Obama did not.
That's why we have to keep an eye on you lefty TDS patients - you think whatever the senile Pelosi and Waters tell you to think.

nacho1 Logic Land
05/30/18 8:23 am

What do you condemn Putin for or are you okay with invading countries, removing missiles from Poland and Czech, for cornering the US uranium market, for propping up Assad or are you more upset that he paid for Facebook ads?

Now that is something to get really pissed at - Facebook ads - those other trifle events happened under Obama so no big deal, nothing to worry about just part of the terrific global leadership and respect around the world that the Messiah generated.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
05/29/18 3:13 am

Our economy was good. Theirs, not so good. In the end, Capitalism beat Communism. We won.

cowboy Proud Father
05/29/18 3:02 am

Lol. The Communists still won’t give Reagan the credit. Poor uneducated fools. ๐Ÿ™„

IEatzCookies Alderaan
05/29/18 2:44 am

it's because they were communists. it's hard to succeed as a nation when your entire population is continuously oppressed and abused

05/29/18 2:28 am

Seriously Dems!

Why are most of you always so anti American?

Obvious101 MO
05/29/18 3:07 pm

Or simply good historians. Knowing facts does not make one unpatriotic, just smart & educated.

05/29/18 3:36 pm

I lived the Cold War, from Star Wars to President Regan’s “Tear down this wall” speech to Glasnost and the ending of the Cold War. I was stationed in West Germany during the removal of the wall and have a piece mounted on my desk.

I know liberals are attempting to rewrite history and that unto itself is a crime. But please listen to me when I say DO NOT EVER TRY TO FEED ME YOUR $HIT ABOUT HISTORY THAT I LIVED AND WAS A PART OF.

Obvious101 MO
05/30/18 7:24 am

I lived it too. That does not make me a historian, it makes me alive in the world. I think you should be proud of your service to the United States, but that does not make you correct on this issue. We disagree.

Gunfighter06 Iowa, since 1846
05/29/18 2:08 am

Both. It certainly demonstrated the overall inferiority of applied communism to applied capitalism.

Quinnipiac Here
05/29/18 1:48 am

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Obvious101 MO
05/29/18 3:14 pm

Let’s see, if one doesn’t like historical facts they need to leave the country, is that your position? I think those who who believe in & adhere to “alternative facts”, (Is that what KAC called them?), should read a book once a decade. Just sayin...

05/28/18 11:43 pm

Probably both tbh.

suppressedID hope despite the times
05/28/18 10:48 pm

They bankrupted themselves.

Thank goodness we had a HUGE deficit spender running the US to tear down that wall. ๐Ÿ˜

PeopleAreDumb Nursing School
05/28/18 10:23 pm

Is there a “both” option?

Dedmon California
05/28/18 8:55 pm

The fact is communism doesn't work and the Soviets lost because of it. They were resourceful throughout the war and the rivalry pushed us into space exploration; however, the inability of communism (not socialism all together, mind you) to provide efficient means by which to produce goods forced them into suppressive policies that, later during its history, forced it to basically turn to freer public and economic policies. The U.S. took measures to mitigate Soviet influence and block its growth, but ultimately, as has been said the very thing they fought for did them in.

SHIPPY1944 Tn.
05/28/18 8:51 pm

The prospect of Reagan’s Star Wars defense system being implemented caused Russian capitulation in the arms race !

NemoDude Dead, at this point
05/29/18 3:56 am

“Surrender Russkies! We have a laser that doesn’t work!”

SHIPPY1944 Tn.
05/29/18 4:24 am

Pepsi That’s exactly what happened, Reagan, bluffed they Russians, in a political power poker game & Gorbachov folded๐Ÿคจโ—๏ธ

ladyniner81 I hate people
05/30/18 12:31 pm

What is it Trump wants to do? Form the Jedi or some goofy thing like that?

Doopy Remedial Americanism
05/28/18 8:40 pm

Not so much Russian incompetence, but the malaise of leftism. What they were fighting for is what eventually killed them.

MachoMatt84 Climbing Mountains
05/28/18 8:35 pm

I think there's a strong argument to be made for both sides in this subject. In the end, it's really a mix of both. Neither by itself would've done it.

rambo088 kansas
05/28/18 9:00 pm

So communism would be ok on its own?

Tazer Dumpster fire
05/28/18 8:25 pm

Democrats always pick the option that disses America. Every. Single. Time

Kyle5 TN
05/28/18 10:29 pm

It doesn’t necessarily diss America. Stop being so partisan.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/28/18 8:01 pm

Protests (the people had had enough)
Brezhnev spending surplus money on weapons instead of the people
A younger Soviet leader with newer ideas
An outdated elderly out of touch politburo
A strong charismatic American President
Another American president who used to run the CIA
A strong British Prime Minister

There are more but those are the main ones

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/28/18 8:03 pm

However, if I had to point to one thing, it would be Glasnost

ladyniner81 I hate people
05/30/18 12:36 pm

โ˜๏ธ this is what I read plus I also read countries were breaking off from the Soviet Union

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/30/18 1:42 pm

Perestroika and glasnost caused that. Gorbachev didn’t want to put down uprisings as his predecessors had. After Chernobyl, he had quite a bit on his plate so things got out of control.

lcamino Florida and Georgia
05/28/18 7:53 pm

We had strong leadership in the US. If our president had lead from behind, the outcome would have been different.

05/28/18 7:51 pm

Think it’s a little of both. A fully centrally planned economy like they had is inherently incompetent and doomed to fail. However, our capitalist economy kept us strong and well positioned to wait out the U.S.S.R. collapse. I think Reagan’s strong leadership helped shut down any hope for the Soviets, which helped push forward the inevitable.

Okie1967 Lets go brandon
05/28/18 7:49 pm

Renaldus Magnus, aka Ronald Reagan, was the architect of that victory.

05/28/18 8:22 pm

My favorite president!

SticksandStones Stop fearmongering
05/28/18 7:39 pm

They crumbled. Communism always becomes warped and then fails. No difference here.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
05/28/18 8:42 pm

It doesn’t become warped. It starts out warped. It is warped.

SticksandStones Stop fearmongering
05/28/18 8:53 pm

I'd say it starts out flawed, but warped implies there's an original state that is significantly changed over time.

rambo088 kansas
05/28/18 7:35 pm

We spent more money

badattitude no place like home
05/31/18 4:50 am

We were able to spend more. They went bankrupt.

lightsabr2 The Big Sky
05/28/18 7:34 pm

They chose to go balls deep on an unsustainable economic model. I mean, kudos to us for keeping the pressure on, but this was a war lost, not a war won.