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Why did Cold War relations sink to a low point in the early 1980s?
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There are a number of reasons for this. The two most important are Soviet actions and domestic American politics.
In the late '70s, the Soviets took a couple of actions that provoked the US. First, they put combat troops in Cuba, ostensibly to train Cubans. This worried and incensed the Americans. Then, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, raising fears that they were pushing into the Middle East.
Domestically, America was moving to the right. President Carter needed to look tough to make up for his inability to solve the Iran hostage crisis. This led him to strongly oppose the Soviet invasion. Later, when President Reagan took office, his strong conservatism led to a more belligerent attitude towards the Soviets.
Posted by pohnpei397 on June 26, 2012 at 2:59 AM (Answer #1)
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