Given the timeliness of the question above, we will be postponing the account of President Eisenhower’s predicaments for the next several entries. Are nuclear weapons useless? General Colin Powell said they were. Powell’s actual words were “these [nuclear] weapons are useless…
Before President Truman decided we should make an “all-out” effort to develop a Super Bomb, the General Advisory Committee of our Atomic Energy…
A Correction and an Addition to the Previous Entry (thanks to Lew Jacobson): The Correction: Inchon (or Incheon), the city on the west coast of the…
The Soviets had joined the war against Japan only at the very end of it. But soon after the end of World War II, the Korean peninsula had been divided…
As of August 10, 1945, President Truman had, in his constitutional capacity as “Commander in Chief” of our armed forces, reserved to himself the…
Did President Truman order the dropping of the bomb that fell on Nagasaki? Almost certainly not. Let’s look again at the written directive to drop the…
Strictly speaking, President Truman may not have ordered the atomic bomb to be used in Japan though he did agree with General Marshall and Secretary of…
President Truman learned about the first successful test of an atomic bomb five days after it took place in New Mexico. He was still at the Potsdam…
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