Wielding more military might across a greater territorial expanse than at any time in its history, enjoying greater political influence around the globe than it ever had before, and possessing the world's second largest national economic base, the Soviet Union basks in its power, prestige, and influence.
Papp, Daniel S.
"From the Crest All Directions are Down: The Soviet Union Views the 1980s,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 35
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol35/iss4/8