The Cold War was a time of tension between politicians and and soldiers that began in 1945 and ended in 1991. During this time, Major Bloom wanted to drop nuclear bombs on the Red Army. Capitalist nations were part of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Orginization) and Communist nations were part of the WARSAW Pact. Senator Bedfellow assured the Bloom Countians that Washington was concerned as can be about nuclear bombs. In a song Opus sung, he objected to dropping bombs on Communists because they had moms.