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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 01:20 AM

24. WWII was a catclysmic national effort for the USA as well as other nations

Selling the American public on anything less than total victory after that was going to be a dicey proposition.

The US didn't fear the Phoenix like rise of Japan because they knew they were going to invade if the bomb didn't work, total surrender on the part of the Japanese was a done deal one way or the other.

At the time the Bomb was just another weapon, bigger than any so far but industrial scale slaughter was by no means a new thing by that point. The Bomb didn't carry the psychological weight that it gained during the Cold War when both sides had tens of thousands of them aimed at the other.

Not to mention a fair percentage of the American top brass were not wrapped entirely tight either, MacArthur and LeMay were both major league assholes at best and I suspect LeMay was a sociopath.

And they wanted to show the Soviets what they had in as dramatic a fashion as possible short of nuking Smolensk.

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