I protect the sheep in our society from the wolves.
Just a side note.. If you want some awesome players to play against try on wargameroom or vassal.. Some of those guys have played crazy numbers of games.
That is actually where I learned the game at before I even had my own copy. There are some fantastic players on there. I have the Deluxe version. Should I keep the Optional Cards out of the game? I think most of them benefit the USA. I have had a few friends who insisted on playing the USA even though I told them it was easier for a beginner to play the USSR. Those games did not go well for them