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above: President Harry S. Truman in the Oval Office reading the announcement of Japan’s surrender to assembled reporters and officials on Aug. 14, 1945 (photo by Abbie Rowe/National Archives and Records Administration/Harry S. Truman Library)

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The Triumph of the Atomic Bomb

Alan J. Levine must be praised for his courage in discussing the United States’ atomic bombings of Japan without the tears, whining, and pleas for international forgiveness that are now requisite. The “confusion” discussed by the author was, of course, present in 1945, but it is now a largely artificial, post-1945 construct of the republic’s internal enemies—those in the media, the universities, the Democratic Party, and Hollywood. 

Because of these critics, the use of the atomic bomb falls into another contrived category of America’s imagined “great sins”—such as slavery, misogyny, and white supremacy—for which penance, self-humiliation, and reparations are owed forever. This ersatz confusion can be cleared away by applying common sense.

The quality of America’s leading military minds slowly decayed after 1945. U.S. generals forgot the basics of the American way of war established during the Civil War. Both Union and Confederate generals displayed great common sense in recognizing that it would be long and bloody. Facing this fact, they operated on the belief that war’s only mercy is a speedy conclusion producing irrefutable victory, attainable only by using overwhelming force to exert maximum human and material destruction upon the foe.

Since 1945, however, U.S. generals, whenever directed to fight, have learned to deploy the mantra of bureaucrats and politicians...

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