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Dilbert Pearls Before Swine

Wednesday, September 20

Did The Atomic Bomb Win WW II in Asia?

Apparently the atomic bomb was NOT militarily necessary. Japan was on its way to surrender, but they dropped the bomb anyway.

Some of the U.S. military officers who disagreed with the necessity of the bombing:
  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • General Douglas MacArthur (the highest-ranking officer in the Pacific Theater)
  • Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (the Chief of Staff to the President)
  • General Carl Spaatz (commander of the U.S. Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific)
  • Brigadier General Carter Clarke (the military intelligence officer who prepared intercepted Japanese cables for U.S. officials)
  • Major General Curtis LeMay
  • Admiral Ernest King, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, Undersecretary of the Navy Ralph A. Bard
  • Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet
Some really important military people there.

Eisenhower:
"In 1945 Secretary of War Stimson, visiting my headquarters in Germany, informed me that our government was preparing to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. I was one of those who felt that there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act. During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives."
Nimitz:
"The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace the atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of Japan."
Leahy:
"The use of [the atomic bombs] at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender."
Sure begs the question ... WHY?

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