Run by me again?
Who won the Cold War?
Glass half empty, versus glass half full.
I'm sure the Soviets had "plans" to win.
But we had plans to win too, and did.
I remember riding with my boss, back from annual marksmanship qualification at a range near Heidelberg. He said if fighting broke out, he'd send his wife in their private car, in the direction of France. He too had the story that the troops and equipment there, were a temporary holding force.
I guess it supports Reagan's strategy of peace through force. Make the other guy not want to be destroyed.