The bomb- Quotes about Hiroshima and Nagasaki
“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 that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that 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’. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude…”
- Dwight Eisenhower in “Mandate For Change”, pg. 380
“…the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.”
- Dwight Eisenhower, in “Ike on Ike”, Newsweek, 11/11/63
“It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.
- Admiral William D. Leahy, (Chief of Staff to Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman) in “I Was There”, pg. 441.
On May 28, 1945, Hoover visited President Truman and suggested a way to end the Pacific war quickly: “I am convinced that if you, as President, will make a shortwave broadcast to the people of Japan – tell them they can have their Emperor if they surrender, that it will not mean unconditional surrender except for the militarists – you’ll get a peace in Japan – you’ll have both wars over.”
Herbet Hoover, quoted by Richard Norton Smith in “An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover”, pg. 347.
“…when we didn’t need to do it, and we knew we didn’t need to do it, and they knew that we knew we didn’t need to do it, we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs.”
Brigadier General Carter Clarke (The military intelligence officer in charge of preparing intercepted Japanese cables – the MAGIC summaries – for Truman and his advisors), quoted in Gar Alperovitz, “The Decision To Use the Atomic Bomb”, pg. 359.
All quotes above from the Doug-long.com quotes page.