6. The Atomic Bomb and the Cold War

On the other hand, what little contemporaneous evidence wedo have strongly suggests that BEFORE the atomic bomb was used atleast two of the four members of the Joint Chiefs did not believethat military considerations required the destruction of Japanesecities without advance warning.

In my report I will talk about the many reasons, the atomic bomb had to be created and used....

327.] * Private interview notes taken by Walter Whitehill summarize King's feelings quite simply as: "I didn't like the atom bomb or any part of it." [THE DECISION, p.


The Reason Truman dropped the Atomic Bomb

The atomic bomb was tested in the sands of New Mexico, where it proved to be very successful.

But in the conditions of war that seem probable in the decade to come, the atom bomb should not be thought the instrument of . It is only an instrument of . And while some destruction is incident to any military victory, they are not synonymous.


World War II/Atomic Bomb: Was it necessary term …

Again,one may challenge Walker's reading of the literature as of thatdate, but the notion that to argue the bomb was not needed andthat this was understood at the time is somehow outrageous--assome of the postings angrily suggest--is simply not in keepingwith the conclusions of many, many studies.

The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb: Arguments in …

In June 1945, top American military commanders advised President Truman not to use the atomic bomb. General Dwight Eisenhower, supreme commander of American forces in Europe, told Secretary of War Stimson "that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary." In July 1945 Eisenhower met with Truman and advised him not to use the bomb. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Admiral Leahy, also advised Truman not to drop the atomic bomb, arguing that Japan was already defeated. Moreover, the Army Air Force Chief, General Henry Arnold, believed that Japan would have surrendered without the use of the atomic bomb and without an American invasion of Japan. So when McGeorge Bundy and others argue that the military unanimously supported the dropping of the atomic bomb, he is simply wrong.

Pros and Cons of the Atomic Bomb by Tristan on Prezi

Let's now look at the growing and substantial evidence that the United States did not need to drop the atomic bomb on Japan in order to end the war. In June 1945, the United States had intercepted Japanese cables to the Soviet Union seeking help with their offer of surrender.

Another pro was that after dropping the atomic bomb…

If he wanted to end the war quickly and save lives as he said he did, why didn't he simply wait for the Russians to enter the fighting against Japan on August 15th? This is the critical question to ask in order to understand the real reasons the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Japan.