Perhaps the most famous quote of the entire Cold War, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev uttered this immortal line while addressing Western ambassadors at a reception in Moscow. With these words Khrushchev announced a period during which he would probe the West for weakness and opportunity. The Berlin Crisis exemplified this expansionist policy.
Time: Mid War
Removed after event: Yes
You often see this played for Ops, because 4 Ops is a lot of Ops, and the USSR ordinarily does not want to drop DEFCON. If you really wanted to drop DEFCON to 2, you can usually just use the card for a nice coup.
However, there are certain situations where you want to drop DEFCON in the headline phase. Perhaps the US made an AR7 play and you’d prefer your AR1 to be spent doing something other than couping. Perhaps you think the US will drop DEFCON in their headline and a DEFCON victory is one of the few ways you can win the game.
And of course, sometimes you just want 3 VPs. It’s a ton of VPs, and towards the end of the Mid War, if you can lower DEFCON, 4 Ops for 3 VPs is a decent trade. Indeed, what usually pushes me to headline it is the combination of the VPs plus the chance for an instant DEFCON win.
The 3VPs take precedence over any card played by the US, so if you play We Will Bury You on at -17VP, and the US plays a scoring card worth +10VP on its next AR, We Will Bury You goes first and ends the game before the US scoring card is tabulated.
Note that you can almost always headline this safely, since it is a 4 Ops event, meaning the only possible US headline that would take precedence and drop DEFCON is Soviets Shoot Down KAL-007.
A DEFCON suicide card almost all of the time, and even when it isn’t automatic suicide, 3VP is a lot to give up. I almost always send this to space. You could theoretically use this as a way to drop DEFCON in the headline if you have UN Intervention in your hand, but you’d probably prefer to just use UN Intervention with this for the 4 Ops.