>>5333074> take into account the fact America had nukes and the commies did not
And what would be the long term ramifications of soviet territory becoming an uninhabitable irradiated wasteland.?
You're ignoring the fact both sides just collectively lost millions of lives in the most devastating war that may ever exist in history, not to mention a war the USA had wanted to remain isolated from. How exactly do you motivate congress and the people to put on their boots again for another conflict that would have been easily as long and horrific, for the cause of stopping the commies we had just spent years assisting? Like Iraq or Vietnam, there would no net positive to be gained or respectable cause to motivate us, and win or lose it would collectively shatter our sense of purpose worse than both of them together.