How many were there in the immediate aftermath?
I mean, I get that our militarization prompted the soviets to retalliate… but that knife cuts both ways.
We had both built up massive militaries to fight the Axis… and were left in a situation where we were both massively armed after the war. In that situation, it was kind of impossible for either side to disarm, because it would have required trusting the other side to just stand down. And there wasn’t a lot of trust floating around between the US and the Soviets at that point.