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Why did the US decide to use the atomic bomb?

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August 26, 2007 6:23PM

Well, the official answer to this was that Truman figured, and probably rightly, that the Japanese would defend their homeland to the last living body and take as many Americans as they could with them. So, if he could get the Japanese to surrender based on the power of the A-Bomb (and he could prevent them from finding out that we actually had no more than the two that were dropped) he could save a lot of American lives.