August 13, 2008


A throwaway line from a good article about the bombing of Hiroshima:

Truman, president for less than 3 months and in the dark about the Manhattan Project during his entire vice presidency, was being given advice from every corner on how to end the war.

Wow. The compartmentalization these men must maintain.
I could never be president.

Posted by Sarah at August 13, 2008 04:20 PM | TrackBack

...and Franklin D Roosevelt shouldn't have been.
At least not for four #$%^* terms.

Keeping your V.P. in the dark wasn't supposed to
happen,especially during a world war.

Posted by: maryindiana at August 14, 2008 08:16 AM

I just finished reading the article and the attached comments. I'm glad not everyone believes the "revisionist history" being taught now.

My Dad is 81 years old and was born in China. He fled China with my Mother when Japan invaded. He had 12 brothers; 9 were executed by the Japanese. The youngest was under a year in age. If you were to put a button in front of him now, 52 years after WWII ended, and tell him that by pressing that button he could release more bombs. He would press it in a heartbeat.

When I first joined the Army in 1977, I was expected to get chewed out and lectured big time by my Dad. At that time, it was felt that only people who couldn't cut it on the outside joined the Army. Instead, he sat me down with books detailing the invasion of China, the destruction of Nanking and other cities, and news reports from the time. He told me horror story after horror story. At the end, he said to me, "Now it's your job to make sure it doesn't happen here." Yes, Dad, all the way.

Posted by: R1 at August 14, 2008 09:03 PM

Thank you R1 for sharing that story.

Posted by: MaryIndiana at August 15, 2008 10:01 PM