A military budget roughly 50% of the whole world, despite having no borders with states which are likely to attack it. First of all, they had not that many bombs, then, it was yet hard to deliver them to Moscow. Yes, they have developed plans for this, but decided to wait until their superiority is greater. So they missed this chance to become the world ruler. No. Civil towns are legitimate war targets only in distorted American morals. The question is not if it was legal, but that it was amoral in the extreme. As amoral as the Nazi gas chambers (which were also legal in the same sense). If America would have lost the war, nobody would have objected if those who have decided about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as about bombing many other towns in the hinterland targeting civilian population, would have received a death penalty in some analog of the Nürnberger Prozess. An old lie. Japan has offered surrender on essentially the same conditions before. The US simply wanted to demonstrate the world their new great ability to murder. I have. Because they want the world rule. The US is there. And the explanation has been given. To rule the world, you have to kill all those who could be able to resist. Afghanistan is unable to resist. Russia is. It helps others to defend themselves. Against US-paid and supported aggression. Of course, the aggressor always finds a pretense. Nobody attacks the US, because it makes no sense, there is no common border, except for Mexico (Kanada does not count for obvious reasons) . Of course, American soldiers, who control around the whole world the American colonial system, will be attacked from time to time - but this is natural self-defense against the American slaveholders. No doubt. And irrelevant, because Russia does not want to start a war. All they want to have is sufficient power to deter a US aggression. And this is much cheaper. It has not started the Chechen war, but finished it. It has not started the South Ossetian war, but finished it. It has not started the war in Donbass, but enforced at least a ceasefire. It has not started the Syrian war. We will see what happens there. Oh, you count as Russian wars what have been Soviet wars? The time when the Russian territory was controlled by clearly and openly anti-Russian gang, ruled by the Western ideology of Marxism, fighting Russian religion, ruled by Georgian and Ukrainian thugs? I could not care less what people like you believe. Russia is simply showing what one could do given the Russian military budget. Even in a state with a lot of corruption in general. The US military-industrial complex is something very special, different from other domains. It is the most socialist part of the US, with the government as the main if not only customer, almost a Soviet style planned economy. The Soviets have lost the Cold War because they have used the same deadly scheme everywhere. The West has, instead, left something remembering free markets, which is much more efficient, in other parts of the economy.