Japan was already at a weak point and the war was basically over As William

Japan was already at a weak point and the war was

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Japan was already at a weak point and the war was basically over. As William Leachy, President Truman’s Chief of Staff wrote in his 1950 memoir I Was There that “the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender…” There were also alternative options that could have brought Japan to surrender but America chose to fight. President Truman could have continued the conventional bombing of Japanese cities which would have continued their previous routine but had little impact. The United States could have invaded Japan with Operation Downfall but the plan would have had over 1 million casualties and “would have made Okiwana” look like a picnic”. The invasion would have been a costly one and the money was already invested in the Manhattan Project and if such scientific advancements needed to be presented to the public the safer way to recede Japan into surrender is through fear of a representation of the bombs capability by dropping it on an unpopulated island .
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  • Fall '16
  • MARK ESTANISLAO

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