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Issues, wrote about multiple reasons why the U.S government decided to drop the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. President Truman said that his top priority was to end the war as quickly as possible, but he wanted to do this with the fewest U.S. casualties. Rotter had said that Truman was delusional in thinking that there would not be many civilian casualties, but really 14 Ide, Derek. “Dropping the Bomb: A Historiographical Review of the Most Destructive Decision in Human History. The Hampton Institute. Last modified: June 19, 2014. 15Ibid16Tucker, Spencer C. "Dropping the Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Dropping the Bomb Saved Lives." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2011. TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/3492/http___americanhistory.abc-clio.pdf17Ide, Derek. “Dropping the Bomb: A Historiographical Review of the Most Destructive Decision in Human History. The Hampton Institute. Last modified: June 19, 2014. 8 | P a g e
Donohue, said that he only cared about U.S casualties. There are five reasons that historian Samuel Walker, which Donohue wrote about in his article.The first was exactly what Truman said, that he wanted to end the war as quickly as possible. The second reason was to justify the cost of the Manhattan Project, this secret program was estimated at over $1.8 million. Third reason was to impress and/or scare the Soviets. Another reason was that there was a lack of incentives to not drop the bomb. And the last reason and factor to using the bomb was of course, it was the United States way of responding to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.18“When a general raised objections to the use of the bombs, Truman responded by noting the atrocities of Pearl Harbor and said that ‘When you have to deal with a beast you have to treat him as a beast.’”19Joseph Kishore, a current National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (United States) member, writes that there are only two reasons why the United States government used the bombs to become the ruling elite at the end of the war: (1) the desire to limit the influence of the Soviet Union in East Asia by bringing the war to an end before the Soviet forces advanced farinto China toward Japan, and (2) the wish to have a physical demonstration of the unrivaled power of the American military, and its willingness to use this power to advance its interests.20Other historians focus on the fact that Japan had not surrendered yet. Even after the firebombing on Tokyo on the night of March 9thgoing into the morning of March 10th1941. Thatair raid is considered the most destructive, even above the atomic bombing of both Hiroshima 18Ibid19Donohue, Nathan. “Understanding the Decision to Drop the Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” CSIS.