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Trumans Decision While Americans and Japanese alike expected the war to end after a bloody invasion of Japan the US government was readying a secret weapon that would dramatically affect the wars outcome the atomic bomb In the spring and summer of 1945 American leaders would have to decide whether to use the new weapon without warning against Japanese cities Years after the bombing of Japan people all over the world are still questioning Trumans decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Its been said that the bomb was an immoral act of injustice yet others see it as the only solution for ending World War II At the time the bomb was a promise of peace When Truman became president on April 12 1945 upon the death of President Roosevelt he had no knowledge of the actual bomb project itself and his first information about what was really being done came from Secretary of War Henry L Stimson on April 25th Stimson himself was virtual head of the project and had been during the years of its development as a military weapon Stimson had conferred frequently with President Roosevelt during this period but his last meeting with FDR had been on March 15th Trumans first connection with the bomb project - though he knew nothing of what the project was - occurred long before he became President It was during his senate service as a member of the appropriations committee and as chairman of the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program - known as the Truman Committee when the first appropriation for the project came before the appropriations committee In talks with the President on at least two occasions he told me of this He said the appropriation request did not disclose the nature of the project and as a result he ordered an investigator for his special committee to look into it In
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