This thought brings me to my next motive of why Truman might have dropped the bomb. I do not think Truman was unaware of the lasting effects of the atom bomb, but by the time these facts were presented to him, piled upon facts about the actual bomb and the projects supporting them, it was to late to change his decision. He needed to save face for America (which brings me to the next motive of pressure) even if it public opinion was not his main concern. Truman did not want to look soft upon the Japanese, something further consideration and negation of the plan to bomb would have caused in some officials eye's. Also, Truman and much of the rest of the nation did not like seeing the U.S. as moral failures like many other nations. Who knows what the reaction to the President's decision would have been like if he had decided to let an invasion with hundreds and thousands of our men involved take place.
“Truman stated that his decision to drop the bomb was purely military. Truman believed that the bombs saved Japanese lives as well. Prolonging the war was not an option for the President,” (ushistory.org 1). President Truman and the United States government made a fair decision by dropping the atomic bomb on the Japanese citizens in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during 1945. The bomb allowed the United States to appear more powerful and led to them influencing the rest of the world. The dropping of the atomic bomb was also a just response to the previous atrocities committed by Japan to other countries including the United States. In the long run, the bomb saved more lives that would have been lost in the war, since the bombs caused the
The decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the hardest decision for President Truman to make. He had the power right there in his hands to end the war but he would have to unleash the most powerful weapon known to man, at this time. Everyone was very tired of fighting but the Japanese would not give up so Truman decided to drop it. Even though we told Japan that if they did not surrender we would completely demolish some of their cities, they did not listen and they did not surrender. Maybe they did not think about what kind of weapons we would use because
Option two, invading Japan, was a possibility, however, past experience with Japan showed that they wouldn’t surrender as easily. They made great sacrifices for everything, even their insignificant islands. Therefore, if the U.S. army were to invade, Japan would never give up fighting. In addition, Truman didn’t want any more casualties--for Americans or the women and children of Japan. For the third option, the United States could have shown Japan a demonstration on how the atomic bomb worked, but the problem was how. How where they going to show it to them, when, where, who, and if they did what would they do? Will they take a long time to reach a decision on whether to surrender or continue fighting? Since the atomic bomb was so new, Truman created a committee called the Interim Committee, where they would decide how to use the bomb. After a long debate, they reached a conclusion and decided, “We can propose no technical demonstration likely to bring an end to the war. We can see no acceptable alternative to direct military use”, so the demonstration was out of the picture. Lastly, the use of the atomic bomb on a populated area was incredibly complex option. In fact, the fourth option was the one that Truman
Imagine yourself making the toughest decision in your life, whether sacrificing a million of our men and thousands of war ships and plans, verses several thousand of Japanese civilian populists. This decision was on the shoulder of Harry S. Truman, the United States President, who had to make this decision by deciding whether or not to drop a newly designed weapon. The atomic bomb was tested in the sands of New Mexico, where it proved to be very successful. Harry S. Truman made a very successful decision, because he wanted to end the war quickly, show others that the United States had power, and the retribution of Pearl Harbor.
Was it necessary for Truman to drop the Atomic Bombs on Japan in World War II? On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped by a US aircraft on Hiroshima. This atomic bomb was dropped to force Japan into surrender, this bomb alone destroyed Hiroshima and over 90,000 people were instantly killed in the explosion and an additional 100,000 people perished from burns and radiation sickness. On August 9, 1945 only three days later, the second atomic bomb was dropped over Nagasaki resulting in an additional 80,000 casualties of the Japanese population. The people of Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945 soon after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many people opposed to the use of the atomic bombs because people argued that Truman 's decision to use atomic bombs was a barbaric act of cruelty. People also argued that the US government had other ulterior motives to drop the atomic bomb that were necessary for America 's ideals. Necessary motives like presenting The Soviet Union a strong message for the Soviets to watch their step around America. A conventional way of warfare for Japan 's surrender would have costed many more American lives. Truman and others believed that the atomic bomb was necessary to save American lives but also Japanese lives. These actions from President Truman marked the end of the most destructive war in history. The two sources that will used and evaluated in this paper are is The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb by Dennis D. Wainstock (1996)
The citizens of the United States of America need to support President Truman in this decision. It should be understand that these measures are necessary to protect the lives of American citizens and soldiers. America has only one shot at taking down Japan, so the job needs to be done in the most advantageous way possible. Time is running out and President Truman needs to authorize the use of the atomic bomb immediately. The United States of America’s citizens, soldiers, and reputation lies in his
There were many factors that were considered on whether to or not to use the newly found weapon against Japan in the time period. With having the opinions of scientists as well as military advisors, President Truman had several people 's opinions in mind, with many opinions present it made the decision on whether to or not to drop the bomb difficult to decide for the president. Many can agree or disagree with what would have happened if Truman hadn’t had ordered the first atomic bomb dropped. If the bomb hadn’t been dropped, there is no telling on what would have happened in the war with Japan.
I believe that the decision made by the United States to bomb Japan was not thought through well enough and could have been approached differently. There were many possible alternatives to setting off the bombs that could have saved many innocent lives or at least lowered the death toll of Japan. One alternative that could have been more successful was if the United states had chosen to continue conventional bombing. There was a survey taken in Japan, called the Strategic Bombing Survey, that proved Japan was more than likely to surrender soon due to the pressure of the United States dropping continuous, conventional bombs (Arguments Against the Bomb: Argument #4.4). If truman had decided to wait and continue to use conventional bombing, the
To my belief the two biggest issues that play a role in making and educated on wether to drop the bomb or not, would be time and money. The U.S. had already spent billions of dollars making these bombs, and couldnt afford to waste anymore money on the war. Sending troops to invade would have cost the U.S. alot of money that they didnt have, mind you they still were facing the great deppression. Not to mention the time that had gone into making these intricate atomic bombs, and the time that had already been wasted fighting the war. The war lasted about six years and could have been longer if Truman hadnt dropped the bomb because of the Japanese ethics and warfare perspective.
Truman did not want to use the bomb but he would use it if he had to end the war quickly. Truman stated that his decision to drop the bomb was purley military and that he did it to save American lives but some critics have charged that Truman's decision was a barbaric act that brought negative long-term consequences to the United States. A new age of nuclear terror led to a dangerous arms race but others say the bombing of Hiroshima was necessary. Although the Bombing of Hiroshima was gruesome, It was the only way to stop World War II ("The Bombing of Hiroshima"). Japan was going to invade the US and the US would not be prepared for it. Military advisers had told Truman that a potential loss of about 500,000 American soldiers was at stake. The US was running out of supplies, people, bullets, guns, etc. It was either use the atomic bomb, or lose the war("51g. The Decision to Drop"). Truman dropped the bomb hoping it would scare and impress the Soviet Union. Japan did not know the power of the atomic bomb and so they were not afraid of the United
"Should we drop the weapon of mass destruction capable of taking out entire civilizations? At this point, you're probably thinking that we shouldn't. Let's set the stage on we should, the Japanese dropped many regular bombs on us when we weren't ready or expecting the attack, Now if you've taken your history classes this is known as The Sneak Attack. Following the dropping of the bombs we entered one of the bloodiest wars ever, World War II, hundreds of thousands of people were dying and according to Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, "The fact of the matter is that Japan was not preparing to surrender; it was preparing to fight to the death." So this war was not going to be over anytime soon. As far as Truman, the president at the time could tell this war was not going to be over anytime soon. This is why the bomb should have been dropped.
Was it necessary for United States to drop the atomic bomb, on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki towards the end of World War II.(Air power history pg.55) The United States was in the process of developing a massive bomb that was very destructive. It started under the watch of FDR, and continued after his death. One of his principal goals during the Big Three meeting in the Berlin suburb of Potsdam in July 1945 was to secure Stalin's pledge to enter the war within a few weeks. When the time came Soviet dictator agreed, Truman jotted in his diary: "Fini Japs when that comes about. (Time) “The atomic bomb, and its destruction capabilities on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, also did President Truman have all the information he needed to drop the bomb.
Was it necessary for Truman to drop the Atomic Bombs on Japan in World War II? On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped by a US aircraft on Hiroshima. This atomic bomb was dropped to force Japan into surrender, this bomb alone destroyed Hiroshima and over 90,000 people were instantly killed in the explosion and an additional 100,000 people perished from burns and radiation sickness. Japan refused to accept surrender after the first nuclear attack and on August 9, 1945, the second atomic bomb was dropped over Nagasaki resulting in an additional 80,000 casualties of the Japanese population. The people of Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945 soon after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many people opposed to the use of the atomic bombs because people argued that Truman 's decision to use atomic bombs was a barbaric act and believed the bombings were simply unnecessary. People also argued that the US government had other ulterior motives to drop the atomic bomb, other motives like presenting The Soviet Union a strong message for the Soviets to watch their step around America. But Truman stated after the incident that his decisions to drop the atomic bombs were purely