hi Bruce, thanks for the education. I have a question. When you said, " But the money from the sale of that oil and natural gas was poured into the military to such an extent that a new army and navy was created which, though only slightly tested, has never known defeat. " I immediately thought of Afghanistan. Wasn't that a defeat of the Russians? Am I missing something? Might not matter with Putin being who he is, but didn't little old Afghanistan kick the Russians out? Take care.

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