USAir Force General Hap Arnold Disagreed With The Use Of The Atomic Bomb.

by Daniel Russ on March 4, 2017

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Famous U.S. Army Air Forces, Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, was asked after Nagasaki by a New York Times reporter whether the atomic bomb caused Japan to surrender, Arnold said: “The Japanese position was hopeless even before the first atomic bomb fell, because the Japanese had lost control of their own air.” In his memoirs Hap Arnold wrote that “it always appeared to us that, atomic bomb or no atomic bomb, the Japanese were already on the verge of collapse.”





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Louis October 19, 2017 at 7:51 am

All these high level military men are right about the absence of military neccessety for the dropping of the bomb.
However, as Clausewitz said: “War is the continuation of Diplomacy, just with different means”, and as is being shown on this blog (and often both lamented and admired) there are instances in war in which the hand of the politicians is clearly felt. Some tragic, some heroic, some horrific. And the dropping of the atom bomb is, in my view, just such a point. President Truman felt the need to impress upon Stalin (whom he had just met, at Potsdam) the might of the USA, so he took the political decision to show his Big Stick, after wich Truman probably hoped that he would be able to speak softly, and still be heard.

Daniel Russ October 19, 2017 at 8:27 am

Agreed. he was waving his dick at Stalin.

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