The War Of The Cold War

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The U.S. learned greatly after having been declared the victor of the Cold War. Retired four-star U.S. Army general Colin Powell said, “The long bitter years of the Cold War are over. America and her allies have won; totally, decisively, and overwhelmingly” (Reed 343). The Cold War started after World War II in 1947 and ended in 1991. The U.S. underwent a political war with the Soviet Union in hopes of advancing more rapidly in certain fields, such as nuclear weapons and space crafts. Avoiding nuclear conflicts and managing the economy in order to successfully fund research in order to out-advance the Soviet Union were just two conflicts the U.S. faced during the Cold War. The U.S. consistently stayed ahead of the Soviet Union during the arms race, and had adequate funding to do so, so therefore they were victorious in that area of the war. After the Cold War, the Soviet Union essentially collapsed due to its bad economy and all of its states gradually declared independence from the USSR. Lastly, the U.S. emerged as a superpower because its economy ended up being stronger in the end than in the beginning, as well as being in possession of a stockpile of nuclear weapons, which gave the U.S. a strong strategic position. The United States won the Cold War due to its stable economy, allowing it to stay ahead of the Soviet Union financially, competitively and politically, thus resulting in the U.S. emerging as the victor at the end of war.
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