In 1991, the USSR fell, and Regan and the US military got credit for defeating the ‘evil empire’. In the NY Times of Aug 1992, my father wrote a letter.
He was a life long defense contractor and an expert in Soviet and US military and US-Soviet relations. In his short letter, he outlined the time line between the end of WW2 and the collapse. The USSR fell because after the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, the Soviet military had first call on industrial production.
In short, moving, to a strategy of an offensive posture, lead to a stagnate economy and eventually bankrupted the USSR.
Mr Trump, we remind you those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it, and we don’t want you to take us with you. (readers can see the whole letter at rzbang.com – JLR letter to NY Times