The Benefits Of The Atomic Bomb?

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On August 6, 1945, and August 9th, 1945 the American Government dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two nuclear attacks claimed a combined death toll of an estimated 135,000. The American Atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were strategically justified as using the atomic bomb would satisfy the U.S.’s end of war military and political agenda. This essay will explain in precise detail the tasks and challenges the USA needed to complete in order to bring a formidable conclusion to WW2, through reaping the benefits of the Atomic Bomb. Militarily, the atomic bomb was purposed to create a psychological effect, avoid the massive American invasion of Japan,(codenamed Operation Downfall). Alternative strategy …show more content…
However the use of nuclear weapons would appear to be a solution to properly satisfy the United State’s end of the war military agenda. By 1945 the focus of the war began to shift, and the Japanese military leaders foresaw an inevitable final stand against, the Americans. The Japanese military government began informing civilians to throw themselves at any American Infantry in an attempt to halt the American invasion. The Atomic bombs would be purposed to eradicate the Kamikaze spirit the brainwashed people of Japan. With cryptic detail American officials would decide the matter in which to purpose the Atomic Bomb.Officials aimed to use the bomb’s to amass the greatest possible damage to Japanese industrial factories, and the civilians who worked at said factories. The American Government’s leaders felt that if the Atomic bomb was to be used effectively, they would need to harness the vast destructive nature of the atomic bomb. In turn creating a psychological effect that would force the Japanese Military Government to the American terms of unconditional surrender. Avoiding the massive land invasion, Operation Downfall was a key issue in the American Military end of the war agenda. The entire invasion proposed the need for close to 800,000 American Soldiers, and casualties within the first thirty days estimated to be a possible “31,000”(General Douglas R …show more content…
The American Government was given no time to celebrate their win over Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Empire, as WWII final stand in Japan became imminent. The proposed 31,000 US Casualties in the first thirty days of operation downfall not only posed a military threat, but as well threatened President Theodore Roosevelt and later President Harry.S Truman 's public opinion, as so many soldiers wanted nothing more but to come home, and frantic parents of those Soldiers who just wanted to see their children 's faces again. The White House feared a national consensus of angered and outraged voters, which could spell trouble for the democratic party in the next presidential elections. Public opinion would place great weight on the shoulders of President Harry. S. Truman to use the Atomic Bomb, for the use of such a weapon boasted exponentially lower US casualties, if any in solidifying control over Japan. President Truman’s hand was forced by the public opinion on another occasion, as he would be forced to justify not only to Congress but the American People the over two billion dollar(estimated to be 24 billion dollars in 2008 currency) Manhattan project that developed the Atomic Bomb; If the weapon was not used in the most grandiose way possible to help end WW2. The entry of the United States into the war undoubtedly was a turning point for the allies.The

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