This chapter describes the “Open Skies” proposal. President Dwight Eisenhower and his advisors never considered “Open Skies” as a sign of an acceptable status quo or of accommodation with the enemy through disarmament—except when disarmament and eased tensions could be employed as weapons of cold war. Launching an efficient counterattack was believed to be the best way to maintain U.S. control. The goals of Nelson Rockefeller and the Quantico panel were not adopted by the president, who utilized the “Open Skies” proposal as a symbol of U.S. moral superiority, a way “to insist that the Soviets become more like the United States.” This proposal openly confessed a growing U.S. sense of vulnerability to nuclear weapons, and also produced an image of the global discursive stability that the president critically desired.
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