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It was a deliberate move meant to weaken the Soviet army's confidence so that it would not resist the planned collapse of the Eastern Bloc/Warsaw Pact. Without this Afghan experience some Soviet generals might have thought they could use force to hold on to the EB/WP and might have resisted the plan. They had to be disabused of such notion and voila... Afghanistan.
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It was a deliberate move meant to weaken the Soviet army's confidence so that it would not resist the planned collapse of the Eastern Bloc/Warsaw Pact. Without this Afghan experience some Soviet generals might have thought they could use force to hold on to the EB/WP and might have resisted the plan. They had to be disabused of such notion and voila... Afghanistan.
Sarcasm? When the war started in the late 70s the Soviets were riding high. Carter was POTUS, and the USA was still recovering from Vietnam.
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