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elperromagico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-05 01:20 AM
Response to Reply #15
16. I think that FDR would have done as Truman did.
Edited on Fri Apr-29-05 01:22 AM by elperromagico
That is, he would have weighed the options:

A. Drop the A bomb.
B. Send troops into Japan.

Now, we can argue how close the Japanese were to surrender before the A bomb was dropped. However, the general impression in the United States seemed to be that the Japanese would fight to the last man. Truman's actions certainly reflect that view and I doubt the view was his alone.

This to me feels a little bit like the "If JFK hadn't died, we would have pulled out of 'Nam" argument. Yes, JFK had agreed to begin withdrawing troops. But if anybody thinks JFK would have pulled every American troop out just as he was facing a tough reelection campaign, they don't understand the climate of the time. He would have been hammered by the GOP for being soft on Communism and that was the kind of accusation that could really stick.

I don't believe even FDR could have withstood the public reaction if he had authorized an invasion of Japan, particularly if there had been a massive loss of American lives.

Just my opinion, naturally.
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  -FDR smoked 20 cigarettes a day. elperromagico  Apr-29-05 12:40 AM   #0 
  - At once?  democracyindanger   Apr-29-05 12:47 AM   #1 
  - Yes. Haven't you ever seen his picture  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 12:52 AM   #4 
  - He died relatively young too....  alittlelark   Apr-29-05 12:49 AM   #2 
  - Well, it wasn't like he was going anywhere in his career.  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 12:51 AM   #3 
     - Yeah... sounds like a dead-ender.  alittlelark   Apr-29-05 12:52 AM   #5 
     - On top af the fact that he was a major worrier.  hickman1937   Apr-29-05 01:03 AM   #12 
        - Yeah. The way FDR was carrying on,  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 01:09 AM   #14 
  - And I've heard said that Winston Churchill drank so much cognac  aint_no_life_nowhere   Apr-29-05 12:56 AM   #6 
  - FDR himself loved martinis.  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 12:59 AM   #8 
  - Did his cigarettes have 424 chemical additives, like Marlboros?  Floogeldy   Apr-29-05 12:58 AM   #7 
  - Probably not. They were, however, filterless.  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 01:01 AM   #10 
  - and died fairly young  imenja   Apr-29-05 01:00 AM   #9 
  - Well, what was he going to do after four terms as President?  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 01:02 AM   #11 
     - I'd like to have seen what he did next.  hickman1937   Apr-29-05 01:07 AM   #13 
     - maybe finish his fourth term?  imenja   Apr-29-05 01:09 AM   #15 
        - I think that FDR would have done as Truman did.  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 01:20 AM   #16 
        - no, don't mistake my point  imenja   Apr-29-05 01:27 AM   #17 
        - How is "the JFK thing" a diss?  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 01:31 AM   #18 
           - for me it is  imenja   Apr-29-05 01:49 AM   #27 
              - Who profited from JFK's assassination?  Floogeldy   Apr-29-05 01:54 AM   #29 
              - African Americans for starters  imenja   Apr-29-05 01:55 AM   #30 
              - I'm sorry if it caused offense.  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 02:07 AM   #33 
                 - no, you didn't cause offense  imenja   Apr-29-05 02:26 AM   #36 
        - I believe you are right. Truman did what FDR would have done  hickman1937   Apr-29-05 01:33 AM   #21 
        - It would have probably taken more than quitting smoking...  onager   Apr-29-05 01:32 AM   #20 
           - Of course, hypertension and stroke can be tied to smoking.  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 01:41 AM   #24 
           - no doubt true  imenja   Apr-29-05 01:51 AM   #28 
  - No wonder he didn't make it to a fourth term as President!  Seabiscuit   Apr-29-05 01:32 AM   #19 
     - Churchill drank the blood of virgins.  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 01:35 AM   #22 
     - So where can I find a virgin in America?  Seabiscuit   Apr-29-05 01:36 AM   #23 
        - Where two or more Republicans are gathered, there shall a virgin be.  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 01:43 AM   #25 
           - And you can drink their blood?  Seabiscuit   Apr-29-05 02:03 AM   #31 
              - As most of them appear to lack hearts,  elperromagico   Apr-29-05 02:10 AM   #34 
                 - No blood at all. Nothing to suck. Too bad.  Seabiscuit   Apr-29-05 02:17 AM   #35 
     - FDR had a minor ailment called polio, that might have  hickman1937   Apr-29-05 01:44 AM   #26 
        - Ever met a cigar smoker that really inhales?  Seabiscuit   Apr-29-05 02:07 AM   #32 
           - Actually, I have fond memories of the time my Dad tried to stop  hickman1937   Apr-29-05 02:32 AM   #37 

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