Truman 's Decision On Nuclear Weapons Essay

797 Words Mar 14th, 2016 4 Pages
In 1945 April 12 Harry S. Truman becomes the head of the state. When Truman became the president he was rather unaware about the existence if the Manhattan Project and did not knew that the project was in any way related to atomic bomb. Moreover even though he had the freedom to change his group of advisers on foreign policies from previous president he did not do so. Some historians believe that Truman`s decision to use nuclear weaponry against Japan was the legacy of previous the United States president Franklin Roosevelt.
This commitment to following the path designed by Roosevelt was explained by Barton J. Bernstein where he wrote: “Acting on the assumption that the bomb was a legitimate weapon, Roosevelt initially defined the relationship of American diplomacy and the atomic bomb. He decided to build a bomb, to establish a partnership on atomic energy with Britain, to bar the Soviet Union from knowledge of the project, and to block any effort at international control of atomic energy. These policies constituted Truman`s inheritance-one he neither wished to abandon nor could easily escape. He was restricted politically, psychologically, and institutionally from critically reassessing this legacy.” Perhaps it is possible to say that Truman`s decision to use nuclear weapon was merely the following his predecessor.
On the contrary Truman was not only a politician but a human, and tu use atomic weapon just for the sake of domestic politics, would not seem right. And if…

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