The world came to the brink of a nuclear war when the U.S. spotted nuclear missiles in Cuba. However, by President Kennedy's demand, the Soviets withdrew the missiles.
The United States spent $53.5 billion on defense, which was 9% of the nation's GDP.
Despite continuously increasing the amount of arms, Ford and Carter judged the Soviets for stockpiling their arms, making them seem blatantly hypocritical.
The Soviets occupied Afghanistan, where the U.S. put in a large portion of their money. Because the Truman Doctrine clearly stated that the U.S. was to stop the spread of Communism, they secretly trained Afghani rebels to fight against the Soviets.
Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan
May 15, 1988 - February 15, 1989
The Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan as the invasion became too pricey.
End of the USSR
The Cold War ended with the fall of the USSR.
The Simpsons alluded to the ambiguity of the USSR breaking up. At the end of the war, it was difficult to determine what actually led to the split.