Tag: Hiroshima

Harry Truman and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb


Harry Truman

Peter Robinson expressed his opinion on Twitter today that President Truman did not approve the use of the nuclear bomb. “Truman never approved the use of the bomb–or disapproved it,” He wrote. “The military considered it one more weapon, like a new submarine or aircraft. They kept Truman informed. But they did not ask his approval.”

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The Japanese haven’t forgotten. The place is my living room, the time is yesterday morning Japan time, or this morning U.S. time.  I’m reading the newspaper, specifically the Yomiuri Shimbun, which has the highest circulation of all newspapers in Japan, over 9 million.  As I’m flipping pages, I get to the centerfold, and am confronted […]

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Thank God for the Atom Bomb (Again)


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Ricochetti are no doubt familiar with Paul Fussell’s magnificent essay Thank God for the Atom Bomb, which is available as a top-shelf audiobook with several other essays. The narration is great, the material is timeless (Kipling would cheer), the price is right, and the criticism of our sorry culture (“Sorry!”) is as it should be. Last year, Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal penned an important op-ed echoing Fussell‘s sentiment explicitly, while illuminating it in the context of his own trip to Hiroshima during the run-up to the 70th anniversary of VJ day (which does not stand for “Shame on America” day). Trenchant quote [lightly edited to shorten]:

Ending The War With Japan

Truman, Marshall, and King

Truman, Marshall, and King

Today is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. We are already seeing the usual retrospectives about the ending of the war with Japan, and whether the use of the atomic bomb was necessary. Let’s consider a surprising counterfactual: If the A-bombs had not been dropped and had Japan not surrendered in August 1945, the US might not have gone through with the planned invasion of the Japanese homeland.