The USSR won the Cold War in 1973 when the US pulled all of its troops out of Vietnam. The Democratic Congress and Jimmy Carter disengaged the United States from the Cold War, and for the better part of the next decade the Soviet Union went on rampage in the Third World trying to impose Communism on as many people as possible. In the process they destabilized Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and South and Central America. They tried to neutralize NATO by deploying SS-20 missiles in Western Russia, and finally ended up invading Afghanistan to impose a Soviet puppet government on that nation. In the process they overextended themselves. All of these new nations paying lip-service to the USSR were nothing more than petty dictatorship in it for the Soviet foreign aid. None of them could support themselves, and the USSR found itself having to economically support them. By 1980 the American people had become alarmed, and elected Ronald Reagan to re-engage the US in the Cold War. The Soviets suddenly found themselves being challenged again without the resources to respond. By 1989 their control over their long-time "satellite states" in Eastern Europe stated to unravel, and the whole house of cards collapsed in economic ruin. The period from 1973 to 1992 was the fourth and final phase of the Cold War. It started out looking like the Soviet Union had won, but ended up with their collapse.
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