No, the US wasn’t justified. Even secretary of war Henry Lewis Stimson was not sure the bombs were needed to reduce the need of an invasion: “Japan had no allies; its navy was almost destroyed; its islands were under a naval blockade; and its cities were undergoing concentrated air attacks.” The United States still had many industrial resources to use against Japan, and thus it was essentially defeated. Rear Admiral Tocshitane Takata concurred that B-29s “were the greatest single factor in forcing Japan's surrender”, while Prince Konoye already thought Japan was defeated on 14 February 1945 when he met emperor Hirohito. A combination of thoroughly bombing blockading cities that were economically dependent on foreign sources for food and raw
Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted the United States to remain neutral in the 1930’s. Japan and the U.S. had conflicts from the past that the Japanese never let go of. They wanted to make sure that they were not being threatened so they attacked the U.S.. Germany sided with Japan during the time of World War II so they declared war on the United States. The United States had no choice but to enter World War II because Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and invaded China, which was America’s alley at the time, and Germany declared war against them. The Japanese attacked China when it was weak.
Ironically, that same day of the raid on Pearl Harbor; United States and Japanese diplomats, Nomura and Kurusu were discussing Japan's moves in Southeast Asia. The Japanese diplomats knew very well that the Japanese raid was in full preparation. The fact that U.S. and Japanese diplomats were discussing war efforts amidst the bombing preparations, made possible a very sneaky attack for the Japanese aircrafts to launch. However, Generals of the Japanese aircrafts soon regretted their actions. Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto stated "I fear we will awaken a sleeping giant".
Attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States Flaws The attack on Pearl Harbor was an astonishing military strike by Japan against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. This attack was not sudden, but an event led up to by previous conflicts arising between both powerful nations. Relations began worsening as Japan set out and expanded in Manchuria. When Japan effortlessly defeated China, the US began to foresee war with Japan. As Japan annexed China and Manchuria, war out broke between these countries.
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.
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.
Pearl Harbor Address December 8th, 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt attempted to incite action into a nation of troubled Americans after a sudden Japanese onslaught. In his address to congress given the day after the Japanese bombings was a request for a declaration of war upon Japan. Roosevelt created a speech that was dramatic, sufficient, and to the point therefore, understandable to the nation of worried Americans. The purpose of his speech was to clearly present the details of the attack, reveal the Japanese threat along the Pacific, and to thrust America into military action, which successfully led to the United States declaring war with Japan. Throughout the United States, American citizens were still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor.
However, he then clearly tells the nation that “if the dictators are ready to make war upon us, they will not wait for an act of war on our part.” Sensing the seemingly inevitable involvement in the war, he tells Americans that “we must all prepare to make the sacrifices that the emergency demands”, meaning that we must be militarily prepared for anything, and that the nation must be mentally prepared to make significant sacrifices. Democracy, Roosevelt explains, must be defended at any cost. He reminds the world that the pillars of democracy are worth fighting
Without the bombs, the goal of getting the Japanese to surrender may have never been accomplished. This was our ultimate goal as we were still heated after the Japanese actions on Pearl Harbor. Another widely overlooked advantage of dropping the bombs was that it aided the survival of POW’s. Throughout Japan there were camps that held American soldiers under the control of the Japanese. By using these two strategically aimed bombs, we were able to avoid killing our own troops in these camps and by forcing the Japanese to surrender, we got our troops back
• Even though they were going to use the bomb the government kept recruiting people into the army. • Many people argued that if the government were going to use this amazing weapon why not just stop investing so much money into the military. E. Conclusion • The United States cannot be fully responsible for the bombing for Hiroshima but they do play a major role of the bombing. • Japan was warned that they would be bombed if they did not comply to American terms but because of this Japan refused to accept the terms and in return an atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima • President Truman had many other options that bombing Japan in order for them to surrender but since America is such a nationalistic country they wanted to prove to Russia their enemy before and after WWII that they were the stronger country. • Even though the bomb was dropped and Japan refused to surrender.