From: Stratford, Connecticut
"it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."
Eisenhower said this in an interview in 1963 after the effects of atomic radiation were understood. Hindsight is always 20:20.
For the record, Eisenhower wasn't the only high-ranking American officer who either objected or had second thoughts re the A-bomb:
" ... Among the many other top World War II leaders who are on record as stating that the bomb was unnecessary are the commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces, Henry H. ''Hap'' Arnold; Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet; Adm. William F. Halsey Jr., commander of the U.S. Third Fleet; and the famous ''hawk'' who commanded the 21st Bomber Command, Maj. Gen. Curtis E. LeMay. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall privately proposed that the bombs be dropped first on a military target such as a large naval base -- then, if that didn't work, that civilians be warned to leave before a city were targeted" (Miami Hearld, 2003).
But it was never their call: it was Truman's decision. The relevant (hypothetical) question is: If FDR had lived longer, would he have approved dropping the bomb?
(Note: FDR already approved uranium research in 1939 after he met w/Albert Einstein to discuss a letter the scientist wrote him the previous August; in 1942 FDR approved what eventually became the Manhattan Project)
< Message edited by Joe D. -- 11/8/2007 4:06:30 PM >
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