Background For War: How Strong Is Russia?

The unavoidable and awesome fact confronting the world today is that before the decade or even the year is out, the U.S. and Russia may be at war. On the U.S. estimate of Russian power depends—or should depend—the extent to which the U.S. will build up its own strength.

Russian strength is a question mark, but not as mysterious a question mark as is often assumed. Some of Russia's most important assets have always been obvious: the vastness of its land, the large numbers and great tenacity of its people. These assets are as good...

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