Obama Hiroshima Visit Sharpens Focus on Truman’s A-Bomb Decision & His Library

Administrators of the Truman Library think the end of May might be busy, thanks to President Barack Obama’s trip to Japan.
The president is scheduled to be the first US President to visit the city of Hiroshima, Japan, the site of the first atomic attack in August of 1945.
The director of the Truman presidential library, Kurt Graham, says anytime Truman’s White House is back in the news, interest in the library increases.
The library dedicates a room in its exhibit to Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.
It was one of Truman’s first major decisions as president. He assumed the presidency in April 1945, after the death of Franklin Roosevelt.
He remains the only man in the world ever to order a nuclear attack.
In the 71 years since the Hiroshima strike, some have suggested the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki may not have been necessary.
Some, including form President Dwight Eisenhower, expressed his doubts about the need for attack.
The library addresses that debate.
The White House says when President Obama visits Hiroshima, he will not apologize for the attack.
“I don’t think we should apologize for what America did in the past,” said Linda Balling of California. She was visiting the Truman Library this week.
“He (Truman) made those decision based on the facts known at the time.”

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