Why didn't the USA use atomic bomb like indimidation on USSR after ww2?

Jun 2017
This is all true but things didn't deteriorate quickly enough between the USSR and the USA until it was basically too late. Even then atomic warfare wasn't MAD until the 1950s and 1960s, and Macarthur's plan to nuke China while very risky was not entirely insane in an era before the hydro bomb. Regardless while it wasn't quite MAD, it wasn't something anyone wanted to do(hence why a popular general was fired).

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