The US, however wasn't worried anywhere near as much as it claimed to sweat over the Soviet Union. The Russians, unlike the Chinese, were well known to have at least as good of military equipment and forces, air, land , and sea to equal the US despite the muscle bound rhetoric of the US.
The US spent trillions of dollars protecting the free world from those sonofabitch Ruskies!! If it could shoot, fly, kill, or in any way destroy stuff, the US had to have at least a dozen to offset what the US "claimed" the Russians' had.
When Mr. Gorbachev closed the Soviet chapter of Russian History, the US discovered that Russia had more technology then they first thought.
They had the first with high performance aircraft, the Mikoyan Guryevich MiG 15. Still have the finest assault Rifle on the planet, the Kalashnikov AK-47. We could go on for hours and hours about the Russians and what they have and had.
No one argues that Stalins way of obtaining all this was diseased in the extreme. But, certainly no worse that the diseased products of the Bush Crime Family and associates.
This from a mutt whos signed off on every sort of terrorism on earth including invading sovereign nations, mass murder, the events of 911, thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats right, Bin Laden may have had some connection, but strictly peripheral. Look at all the data.
But that aside, the Bush regime continues spying on Americans, maintaining secret prisons all over the planet. Locking people away without charge and without access to their families much less legal help, and unequivocal torture.
Its a shame to hear Javier Solano of the European Union speaking against Russia with Cheney. We sort of hoped the EU would be four score against the tyranny of the Bush Regime. What have the Russians done to hinder democracy?
Threaten to sell their Oil in the Asian market if the EU and US keep up their chicanery. Russia just happens to be the largest producer of oil on earth though.
Further, Russia is clearly in Irans corner against the rape, pillage and plunder of the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here lies the very crux of the US complaint against Russia.
If the Russians started dumping oil on the world's market, they could drop the prices of crude and crush the US Major Oil Thieves.
This would seem to be a good reason not to piss them off. The US could do nothing at all to stop them either. Further, for the sake of the world, they'd be better off not trying.