Truman's Decision To Drop The Atomic Bomb

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Imagine yourself making the toughest decision in your life, whether sacrificing a million of our men and thousands of war ships and plans, verses several thousand of Japanese civilian populists. This decision was on the shoulder of Harry S. Truman, the United States President, who had to make this decision by deciding whether or not to drop a newly designed weapon. The atomic bomb was tested in the sands of New Mexico, where it proved to be very successful. Harry S. Truman made a very successful decision, because he wanted to end the war quickly, show others that the United States had power, and the retribution of Pearl Harbor.
The United States wanted to end the war quickly for several reasons. The British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, states, “The atomic bomb is a reality…. Here then was a speedy end to the Second World War” (Document E). The continuation of losing men and equipment was a primary concern. After losing 300,000 men to the war with Germany and Japan, the United States did not was to lose any more soldiers to the continuous battle with Japan. Also Truman dropped the bomb, because of the ramification of Russia entering the war. A fear of the end result of the war, was that Russia would have some political power over Japan. After coming out of the Great Depression the United States could not afford to be in anymore debt. From purchasing guns, ammunitions, aircrafts, and warships, the debt was rising dramatically. While the American public supported...

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