Essay on President Roosevelt 's First Crisis

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Presidents of the United States have faced many dilemmas. Recently President Obama made the decision to violate a nations boarders to capture or kill this nation’s most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden. President Roosevelt’s first crisis was the Great Depression and his New Deal programs started the nation down the path to recovery. He also had to declare war on Japan because of the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. These are just a few examples of fairly easy, high profile decisions made by the most powerful men on Earth. However they pale in comparison to the one that faced President Truman in 1945. His actions would not only affect the United States but the entire Earth. Many have debated the use of the atomic weapons Little Boy and Fat Man on the Japanese Empire. The one truth remains, that since Japan did not accept the terms of the Potsdam Declaration President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan not only saved American lives, it saved Japanese lives, and expedited the end of a destructive war within the demands of the Allies. The human toll of war cannot be ignored. Many brave men put a halt on their lives to answer their nations call to eliminate the evils that the Axis powers had committed. The “day that will live in infamy” created a massive influx of men wanting to join the war and make the Japanese pay for their actions. The conflicts in the Pacific Theater of Operations inflicted horrifying losses. For comparison, the…

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