Originally Posted by Missileer
I think this is closest to the truth.
"How could a president, or the others charged with responsibility for the decision, answer to the American people if... after the bloodbath of an invasion of Japan, it became known that a weapon sufficient to end the war had been available by midsummer and was not used?"
I think that the resistance that Japan had shown in the Pacific island hopping campaign demonstrated the futility hope for a Japanese surrender.
i agree, no conspiracy, no evil intent, the decision to drop those bombs was a hard one, but i believe the right one.
it's certianly a lot more straight foward than say, the firebombing of dresden