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Why did the USA think it necessary to drop the second atomic bomb on Japan?

The first bomb on Hiroshima clearly demonstrated the power of the new weapon so what was the excuse for the second one?

Asked By: mccormack_thomas - 8/30/2007
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The better question is "what was the excuse for the first bomb?" The answer is, there was no excuse and no sound military reason to use either... More
Answered By: Oscar Himpflewitz - 8/30/2007
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to scare the crap outta them because the US was at war with Japan and they were all trying to get each other off each's high horse
Answered By: Jean Anderson - 8/30/2007
 
One bomb could be a fluke, a natural phenomenon, or unique occurrence. Two bombs proves that you can and will do it, whenever you want.
Answered By: xxmachina - 8/30/2007
 
Just to make sure they got the message,there was still fighting going at the time,like they were still killing people.
Answered By: frank m - 8/30/2007
 
because japan didnt surrender after the first one...we gave them 3 days to say something and they didnt...
Answered By: applebeer - 8/30/2007
 
It wasn't about demonstration of power (we could have done that anywhere) It was about forcing Japan to concede the war. (it had no chance left at that point, and further war would have cost many millions of US and Japanese). After the first bomb, Japan still did not surrender, so the second was needed.
Answered By: Dave Browning - 8/30/2007
 
XXmachina is on the right track - - - those Generals in charge of the Manhattan Project felt it was important to demonstrate that they had an arsenal of such weapons. Coupled with that doctrine was the very real fact that in the wake of Hiroshima Japan's leader still seemed unwilling to surrender. Sometimes one needs... More
Answered By: bearstirringfromcave - 8/30/2007
 
one valutation of strategy of Truman president was that one long conventional war against the japan should be cost in umanity life several death,the atomic bomb can be able weakness the enemy so bring to the end the war soon,drop the second bomb haven't second my appear reason,I can only think that the several lose of... More
Answered By: Massimiliano D - 8/30/2007
 
We are looking at the atomic bombing of Japan with the benefit of hindsight. We know the effects of nuclear war, we know the horrors of massive civilian slaughter, we know the consequential misery of fifty years in a nuclear arms race and 'cold war... More
Answered By: Ynot - 8/30/2007
 
I wasn't going to answer this but, some of these answers are partly right... More
Answered By: cowboydoc - 8/30/2007
 
The "Bearstiringinthecave" is right. The war was already won, but dropping the bomb saved more lives than an invasion of Japan would have brought about. Also, the demonstration of power was also for the Soviets as well, since the Allies were already fragmenting... More
Answered By: thechief66 - 8/30/2007
 
why did we drop the first one What the government didnt know was the the emporer of Japan was all ready ready to surrender but he had not informed the United States or his military. The dropping of the two bombs was to put pressure on him to surrender.
Answered By: markwillstar - 8/30/2007
 
Never start something unless you are going to finish it!
Answered By: Security - 8/30/2007
 
The bombs were different. Little Boy was enriched uranium and Fat Man was plutonium. Little Boy was 13-16 kilotons of TNT, whereas Fat Man was about 21 kilotons of TNT. They dropped two instead of just one as a test to compare the results of two different bombs... More
Answered By: Riel M - 8/30/2007
 
because they could.
Answered By: Stepanov F - 9/1/2007
 
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