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To: spanalot
There were many that said that a demonstration of the nukes on non populated areas would have had the same effect.

At the time, we possessed all of two bombs and one "device". We were months away from completing a third bomb.

Once the "device" was successfully tested at Trinity site, we knew that the plutonium-based implosion-type bomb would work. There was no doubt that the uranium-based gun-type bomb would work -- it didn't need to be tested.

You can't make the Trinity test do double-duty as a "demonstration", because you weren't 100% confident that it would work. No point in inviting observers, only to have them witness a fizzle.

So, now, after the successful test, if you use one of the two bombs as a "demonstration", you've only got one left. If they don't surrender after the "demonstration", you can deliver one bomb...and that's it.

Wouldn't that be cutting things a little close? Especially, since we now know that it took two bombs to get their attention...

Lemay was Goldwater's running mate - he was made to be a neanderthal and surprising to see his thoughts on Truman.

Cong. Bill Miller of New York was Goldwater's running mate.

29 posted on 08/13/2005 11:50:55 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: okie01

"So, now, after the successful test, if you use one of the two bombs as a "demonstration", you've only got one left. If they don't surrender after the "demonstration", you can deliver one bomb...and that's it.

Wouldn't that be cutting things a little close?"

It would not be cutting it close for the hundreds of thousands that died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Don't get me wrong - its hard to argue with success and the bombs did succeed in a early end to the war.

But what if the bomb was dropped in a forested area that would readily demonstrate the power - and if it did not work, none would be the wiser.

Just thinking out loud. Also, were we not to wipe out so many civilians, it might not have rattled the Russian cage - which only got us into a very expensive arms race.


30 posted on 08/15/2005 12:36:03 PM PDT by spanalot
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