Map of the Day: Soviet Invasion Plans of the U.S.

Evidently Obama and Medvedev have "reset" U.S.-Russia relations. In fact, the White House actually re-Tweeted the Kremlin account yesterday and the two ran off for a midday Hellburger. But it's worth checking out this fascinating Cold War map that illustrates the history between the two nations.

It's from an old Yugoslav atlas via the gold-standard cartography blog Strange Maps. Soviet subs have the United States surrounded, and ICBM missiles are within striking distance of New York, Washington, and Los Angeles. Cuban and Nicaraguan forces appear to be on alert.

Strange Maps author Frank Jacobs wisely notes that the map seems to reflect the "Communist ideological orthodoxy of the U.S. as an aggressive, unstable monstrosity at near-collapse -- a remarkable example of the pot calling the kettle black."

Obama and Medvedev may be Twitter and burger buddies, but it's hard to escape this tense history.

Yugoslav Map of Soviet Attack of US

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Patrick Ottenhoff has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. A former staff writer for National Journal Group and project manager at New Media Strategies, he now attends Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. More

Patrick Ottenhoff attends Georgetown McDonough School of Business in the Class of 2012. He previously served as a project manager in the Public Affairs Practice of New Media Strategies and was a staff writer for National Journal Group. Patrick has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. As the name implies, the blog covers news and commentary at the intersection of politics and geography, but it also analyzes the stories, people, culture, sports, and food behind the maps and the votes. Patrick is a native Virginian and graduate of Union College in New York. You can follow The Electoral Map on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Patrick on YouTube.

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