The Decision For Use The Atomic Bomb Posed From Significant Moral Dilemmas For President Harry S. Truman

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The decision to use the atomic bomb posed several significant moral dilemmas for President Harry S. Truman, among these were justifications, alternatives, and complications of the situation. After Teddy Roosevelt 's death, Truman was the new president with a huge decision to make only a few months after. People felt Truman was an insecure man and poorly informed by Roosevelt until his entry to the presidency. It was months later that he learned of America’s dark secret, the Manhattan Project.
There were presumably three possible alternatives available to Americans to avoid using the atomic bomb such as invasion, increasing bomb threats and blockades of Japan, and negotiating peace. These alternatives unfortunately were too costly in American lives to be pursued.
For the first motive as an alternative, November 1st, 1945, British and Commonwealth countries were prepared for invasion to break Japan’s will to win attitude. But before the attack could be made, Truman felt such an encounter would cost too many American lives and casualties. Instead, bombing and blockading the Japanese cities by American Air force and Navy, felt like a better choice to make for an invasion. The naval blockade was a gradual process, but would not have worked well enough for Japan to surrender. It also was too costly on both Japanese and Allied lives to pursue the invasion, despite it may have induced surrender and famine in vital recourse. John Kenneth Galbraith, deputy head of the American Office…

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