Truman was presented with estimates of from one to two million dead in an invasion of the home islands...he made the only decision he could.
The question in my mind has always been...why the second bomb? As least...why the second bomb so soon after the first?
That war needed to end...and in the long run Truman’s decision almost certainly saved lives on both sides.
Not surprised Obama doesn’t know this. Culturally, he’s not an American...he’s got a tin ear for our history.
The Second Bomb was needed for the Shock and Intimidation Factor! The JAPS didn’t surrender after the First Bomb was dropped!! They grinned and believed there weren’t anymore where the first one came from!! Hah! We surprized them with the followup BIG BLAST! IT WORKED!! STOP MONDAY AFTERNOON QUARTERBACKING!! There’s Millions of NFL Monday Morning Quarterbacks, there are only 24 Real Quarterbacks on Sundays!
BUMP! (for you and the great posters on this thread.)
The Japanese leadership was a very stubborn case. One bomb didn’t convince them.
The first bomb didn’t bring about the surrender. The second one did!!
We were ready to use the second and last bomb in our inventory in case the Japanese didn't believe that we couldn't have any more bombs and "called our bluff."
As it turned out, had they called our bluff for the second time, they would have been right.
IMO, it was the right decision to use two bombs to convince the Japanese that the cost of not surrendering could have inflicted eventual annihilation.