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Reply #15: Just a starting point for you. Eisenhower was against it. [View All]

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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-06-08 11:42 AM
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15. Just a starting point for you. Eisenhower was against it.
Edited on Wed Aug-06-08 11:44 AM by mbperrin
Eisenhower was against our government nuking Japan. In "Mandate for Change," he wrote: "I was one of those who felt there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act. ... The Secretary , upon giving me the news of the successful bomb test in New Mexico, and of the plan for using it, asked for my reaction, apparently expecting a vigorous assent. During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression, and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief Japan was already defeated and dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of 'face.'

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.printable&pageId=4...


Edit to include link to complete text of Mandate for Change: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=16309287
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