The Debate About Truman and the Bomb

If it’s the first week of August, it’s time for the annual session of American breast-beating about President Harry Truman’s decision to launch the first nuclear weapons attack on Japan. For decades, leftist revisionists have sought to brand Truman as a war criminal for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, whose anniversaries are commemorated this week. Those critics have generally ignored the facts concerning Japan’s intransigence about surrender while wrongly seeking to portray as immoral a reasonable American decision-making process in the summer of 1945 about how best to achieve a quick end to the war while shedding the least blood.

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The Debate About Truman and the Bomb

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