Just read an article about Atlas and Titan rockets.
Titan-I were guided on active trajectory with - drumroll - a radio channel. Where did they suppose to hit? USSR in general? Burn some tundra and melt permafrost? Americans invented an inertial guidance for Titan-II only in late 60s.
This guys wanted to wage war on us. Nikita was a genius. Rockets like sausages - and you believed it. While USSR had 2 (two) launch pads for R7 ICBMs. That could carry a 100 megaton bomb and hit something like a NYC agglomeration.
Look. By 1961 we sent a man to space, while you jumped out of your pants with sub-orbital kicks. Glenn made three revolutions, 2 years before him Titov made 17. Our R7 was more reliable and more accurate than your toy redstones, atlases and titans.
Your very existence relies on Russian good will. Mind it.