The cold war an ideological war?Watch this thread
Was the proxy war waged to protect the elite interests of the west or a genuine war against the perceived threats against America’s “national security” by the perceived growth of the soviet expansion.
I personally think it was an ideological war.
Also, there was the so-called information war: each party to the conflict struggled to smear the reputation of the other one by means of propaganda and highly aggressive media. It was an essential element. That's why the Cold war was so lasting and implacable.