Therefore, the US created unconditional terms of surrender, knowingly going against the Japanese ethic of honour and against the institute of the emperor, whom most Americans probably wanted dead. Consequently, the use of the atomic bomb became a way to avenge America's fallen soldiers while also keeping the USSR in check in Europe. The Japanese civilian casualties did not matter in this strategy. Also, it did not prevent the Cold War, as the USSR was just a few years behind on a-bomb research. At the time, revenge, geopolitics and an expensive project that could not be allowed to simply rust away, meant the atomic bomb had to be hastily deployed “in the field” in order to see its power and aftermath – though little was known about radiation and its effects on humans.
There were many reasons why the U.S. won Midway, but the main reason is intelligence. The U.S. code cracker’s intercepted a Japanese code in 1942 that described Midway being a trap. Without intercepting this message, the battle would probably have ended up much differently. The U.S. Navy decided
In war, you want your country to win. A country will do whatever they need to do to make those two statements a reality. For the United States of America, dropping the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the way. War is not ideal, so no situation in war will ever be ideal. You must do what you need to do.
But we still have a great way to go. After this victory we must tighten the straps of our helmets and go onward, determined to continue our fight until the final goal has been won." How contrasting were these files, which were collected, formatted, and edited by Larry W. Jewel? The US troops in Hawaii had no idea of this impending doom, whereas in the Japanese communication of success, it is clear their planning and secrecy made this moment all possible. (Jewell, 1941) Prior to December 7, 1941 the United States had been engaged in several other military strikes.
Taku Mbeng 3/1/13 Period 1 Battle of Midway The Battle of Midway was a result of the Japanese Navy bombing Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941. Japan feared they would be vulnerable for attack and would lose their land. The Japanese Navy planned to capture Midway which was a U.S. base hoping to eliminate the U.S. from the war destroying their fleet. Japans plans did not work because the U.S. knew every single attack they planned and when they were going to attack. They found out the information through radio communications and code breaking.
The Japanese planned a secret attack on the United States. It all culminated on Sunday, December 7, 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The attack was so cruel in the fact that it was a Sunday, a "Holy" day, and there were no true warning signs. The United States then reacted by joining the Allied effort against the Axis powers. After Germany and Italy were defeated, only Japan stood standing.
I do agree of dropping the bomb because it did save a lot of lives. Franklin Roosevelt was trying to find a way to end the war very fast. Then Truman had to end Roosevelt’s idea of winning the war fast. Truman wasn’t looking for a way to not use the atomic bomb. The United States wanted to end the war fast because we wanted the lowest amount of casualties.
Second, why would a successful Japanese attack be more useful to Roosevelt than an unsuccessful one? If the Japanese attacked by surprise, that was going to bring the United States into war against Japan. What would be the difference, in that respect, between the Japanese facing little or lots of resistance? Third, if Roosevelt had wanted the Pearl Harbor attack to be a surprise, why had he allowed numerous warnings of imminent war and possible air attack to be sent to Pearl Harbor? These are present in great number in the congressional report.
America wanted justice for these terrorist acts, and so did its government. This need for immediate justice led to a premature engagement with the enemy, which occurred less than a month from the 9-11 attack, and had little postwar thought. As Drew and Snow state, “…lack of prewar thinking about postwar military requirements in Afghanistan is not surprising. Military operations began in Afghanistan less than a month after the 9-11 attacks…Unfortunately, lack of sufficient prewar attention to and agreements on postwar objectives and strategies eventually resulted in significant problems after the fall of the Taliban government. The unfortunate result has been a costly, protracted struggle that continues with no end in sight (221).” Due to this hasten reaction by our U.S. government, appropriate reaction was not given to the attacks of 9-11.