Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said Friday that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev will likely fail in his attempt to restructure the Soviet economy and could be toppled from power.

During an interview Friday, Cheney said the United States should not unilaterally reduce troop strength in Europe despite Gorbachev's decision to withdraw some soldiers from Eastern Europe."I think the bottom line is, that if I had to guess today, I would guess that he would ultimately fail, that is to say that he will not be able to reform the Soviet economy to turn it into an efficient, modern society," Cheney said.

"And when that happens, he's likely to be replaced by somebody who will be far more hostile than he's been in terms of his attitude toward the West," Cheney said.