Where is the humanity in decision to drop atomic bombs?
Regarding the “bastards in Washington” mentioned in Stuart “Boot” Gordon’s letter in the Oct. 6 edition of the Summit Daily News: I’m having a hard time figuring out whether Mr. Gordon is including President Harry Truman or merely the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Having been born in 1955 (not my choice), it seems I missed out on all the fireworks being talked about lately.
There was the recent letter, possibly from another veteran, extolling Truman’s decision to drop a second atomic bomb in World War II, as if the Japanese might not have gotten the message from the first.
Sue Carr-Novotny, who wrote the letter that started the recent discussion, asked where the humanity was in all of this? At what point do the powers-that-be fail to see the human side of conflict.
Mr. Gordon stated he agrees “we can’t trust our reps in Washington.” Hey, bro! Welcome to reality! If you consider the president a “rep,” and the president has to be quite possibly our ultimate “rep,” I totally agree.
The guy in office now, voted in by a commanding 50.015 percent of the populace, is more worrisome than trustworthy. Because I can’t trust him to think straight, I don’t trust him. The same went for Ford, Reagan, the first Bush and Clinton (for the most part).
On the other hand, I owe my life to President Richard Nixon for two reasons. First, during the year, actually the month that I was required to register for the Selective Service, Mr. Nixon declared an all-volunteer army.
Second, during an exhaustive look at the Bay of Pigs disaster for a political science class, I dug up a fantastic quote illustrating the government’s attitude toward clearcut military intelligence regarding a well-trained Cuban army laying in wait S Mr. Nixon again: “Don’t bother the government with facts now. We’ve made up our minds.” My political science professor urged me into a career in, what else, “poli-sci.” This scared me. Mr. Nixon scared me. Thankfully, I turned to other pursuits.
Don’t bother the government “reps” with facts. They’re busy making up their minds. The Korean War could have been over a lot sooner, with many fewer casualties, if the government had listened to its own intelligence about troops massing north of the 38th parallel.
Vietnam? We should never forget the lessons we learned there. Or did we? Our cowboy president is itching to go bang heads in someone else’s corral. It’s his sole crusade.
It’s what he wants to be remembered for – kind of like Harry Truman’s legacy. Twice.
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