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THE DYNAMICS OF AMERICAN

NUCLEAR DIPLOMACY

"WE ARE TRYING TO CONVINCE THE WORLD THAT WE ARE WORKING FOR PEACE AND NOT TRYING TO BLOW THEM TO KINGDOM COME WITH OUT ATOM AND THERMONUCLEAR BOMBS." -PRESIDENT Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

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During the Cold War, a time in which democratic values were threatened worldwide, the United States of America took an active diplomatic role with the extensive development of its nuclear weapons program.

The role of the United States as a nuclear-equipped global hegemonic power required assembly facilities for its nuclear weapons, as well as for its traditional bombs, to be built on American soil. Thus, the Pantex Plant, located in the Texas Panhandle, was birthed from the safe womb of conventional warfare into a terrifying world, brother to nuclear technology. Nuclear weapons quickly became a symbol of the most frightening aspect of rivalry between the world's superpowers.