This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Truman's Decision To Drop The Atomic Bomb

773 words - 3 pages

Truman's Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
Many debates have been provoked based on President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The debate is not solely based on the bomb being dropped, but more on the actual necessity and intention of the bomb being dropped.
I believe that the Presidents decision was based dually on military necessity and on the Nation's reputation. Truman was not a dumb man; he was inexperienced and quickly expected to make important decisions based on very little information that he had been recently made aware of. I believe that his first thought was to just end the War. I do not think he felt the need for Stalin's admission, but did not turn down the extra support for ending the war quickly.
Truman, I believe, wanted the war over with the least amount of American blood shed. I believe that with the help of his trusted advisors, he saw that the dropping of the bomb was a faster, more effective way to end with the least amount of U.S. casualties that was available. The idea of a Soviet Union invasion probably did not settle well for the President on different levels. The first would be allies and American blood and casualties being too high. The other most prominent one, in my mind, is the idea of some one else winning the war that we have been most leading warriors in.
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...

Find Another Essay On Truman's Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

America's Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

2941 words - 12 pages bomb? Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb was not a military necessity because land invasion casualties were much lower than perceived, the Japanese were on the verge of collapsing, and America had avoided diplomacy despite knowing Japanese intentions. Dropping the atomic bomb was necessary in preventing a land invasion where troops would encounter severe Japanese resistance. According to ancient Samurai tradition, the most honorable

The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb - Dublin/ History - Essay

1308 words - 6 pages ? ?me.? ?? ?Not? ?me? ?alone,? ?but? ?many? ?Japanese,? ?ironically? ?speaking,? ?were? ?saved? ?by? ?the atomic? ?bomb?.? ?The? ?soldiers? ?were? ?too? ?loyal? ?to? ?the? ?king? ?who? ?they? ?see? ?as? ?a? ?god. Supporters? ?of? ?Truman?s? ?decision? ?to? ?use? ?the? ?atomic? ?bomb? ?point? ?out? ?that? ?Japan had? ?been? ?given? ?ample? ?opportunity? ?to? ?surrender.? ?President? ?Truman? ?and? ?the? ?Allies? ?issued a? ?final? ?ultimatum? ?to

Problems with The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

2000 words - 8 pages atomic bomb was a weapon of destruction far beyond the span of normal warfare. Truman and Japan were looking toward peaceful resolutions under their own separate terms, but each struggled with the definition of “unconditional surrender”. The decision to drop the bomb was faulty and skewed judgment on the part of President Truman, which cost the lives of innocent civilians in Japan. The recourse in not dropping the atomic bomb was made available

Understanding the Decisions to Drop The Atomic Bomb

1583 words - 6 pages creating an atomic bomb (Walker 10). When the bombs were created, the arguments for and against the use of it were gruesome, lengthy, and all understandable in some way. During the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, President Harry S. Truman and his fellow politicians had to consider the ethical arguments provided by the scientific community and the pragmatic arguments provided by the military; in order to make a decision that would be the most

Was Truman right to drop the atomic bomb on Japan?

1307 words - 5 pages The Second World War started in 1939's. In the beginning it was a war only in Europe, but as the time passed on, all world was getting involved in it. Some countries weren't happy about their situation and one of them was Japan. In this essay I am going to discuss why Japanese attack the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Japan getting stronger, about atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was Truman right to drop it.War in Pacific began

Deciding to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan

979 words - 4 pages Truman decided to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Kokura, Niigata, and Nagasaki because Japan attacked Pearl Harbor without warning. This occurrence happened at the end of WWII. America, China, and the United Kingdom joined forces to gain surrender from the Japan armed forces. The alliance, also called the “Manhattan Project,” tested an atomic device, and were able to make weapons based on two alternate designs. One was a uranium gun-type

If you were president Harry Truman, would you have made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

1203 words - 5 pages IF YOU WERE PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN, WOULD YOU HAVE MADE THE SAME DECISION AS HE DID, WITH DROPPING THE ATOMBOMB ON HIROSHIMA?The 6th of August 1945 was a day that people will always remember with terror. On this day, an atomic bomb was used by the U.S. against Japan, in the city of Hiroshima. This was the first time in world history. Before this sad event, Japan and the U.S. were having conflicts with each other because Japan tried to invade

Why did America drop the Atomic bomb?

927 words - 4 pages but for several other reasons.The Atomic bomb was to be developed before the Germans could develop it and before the war finished. America had spent a lot of money on the bomb and thus had to justify the cost, the war gave a chance for the Americans to drop the bomb and see if the bomb could do what it was actually made for, destroy whole cities. This may be of course a more coarse and cynical explanation but certainly it would give the US an

Was It Necessary to Drop the Atomic Bomb to End World War II?

781 words - 4 pages Professor Robert James Maddox argues that the atomic bomb was necessary to force the Japanese army to finally surrender and avoid a costly and heavy casualty war with Japan. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Three days after the initial bombing, another nuclear weapon was dropped on Nagasaki, a main Japanese city. President Truman and Professor Maddox both had the same belief that these

Autonomy and Responsibility The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs on Japan

1320 words - 5 pages , they could not put all of the time or money into it (3,58). This was because they were busy with their plan to dominate the world. After all of the strategic planning, after all of the other options were extinguished, and after Japan still did not respond to the very threat of the atomic bomb, Truman made the decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 (1,19). There was a blinding flash for anyone within the area. This was followed

Why was the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb Justified? Works Cited included

589 words - 2 pages The year was 1945. Germany had surrendered, and Japan was the only Axis power left. After the Potsdam conference, President Truman realized that he had the power to end the war. The decision was his. On August 6, Truman authorized the use of the atomic bomb, the first of its kind in existence. Truman was justified in the use of the atomic bomb, for many reasons. The dropping of the bomb would save American lives, make a quick end to the war, and

Similar Essays

Truman's Decision To Drop The Atomic Bomb

509 words - 2 pages 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

The Decision To Drop The Atomic Bomb

903 words - 4 pages President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the direct cause for the end of World War II in the Pacific. The United States felt it was necessary to drop the atomic bombs on these two cities or it would suffer more casualties. Not only could the lives of many soldiers have been taken, but possibly the lives of many innocent Americans. The United States will always try to avoid the loss of

The Decision To Drop The Atomic Bomb

2000 words - 8 pages The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed the United States naval facility known as Pearl Harbor. This attack brought the United States into World War Two. Within the four years that followed, the United States--under the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt-- researched and developed an atomic bomb. This was known as the Manhattan Project. Such a bomb was more powerful and destructive than any

The Decision To Drop The Atomic Bomb

1428 words - 6 pages quicker,safer (for Americans) way of destroying a city.Was Truman right to give the order to drop the atomic bomb? Was theAmerican lives and money saved worth killing innocent Japanese and creating tensionbetween the United States and the Soviets? Maybe if Truman was aware of the seriousdangers the radiation from the bomb would have on future generations he would havecanceled the order. The question, did we have to drop the first atomic bomb on an alreadydecrepit nation. There is no straight answer to this question. Truman is considered bysome as one of the greatest presidents for this decision, but by others he is looked upon asone of the worst presidents.