I would like to thank you for raising your question* after the presentation by Brigadier-General Walker at Kiwanis. With no disrespect intended to our honourable guest, I definitely DO NOT agree that atom bombing Japan was necessary to "save a million lives" or anything else. I do think the horrific picture he painted of the invasion of the Japanese home islands is true to what Washington planners had conjured. It is how they think inside the Pentagon. I hope I can get General Walker to give me a copy of his presentation.
Honest history shows military plans are usually exercises in extravagant and wishful thinking. Napoleon's adventures are an excellent example. Only as recently as a few years ago, we heard of extensive militarization of the caves of Torah Bora. Detailed illustrations of them appeared in Time Magazine and animated graphics were available on the Internet. These were straight out of Sgt. Rock comic books.
As far as WW II goes there are more than a few questions that have been asked and answered. Here are some:
1). Did the Japanese start seeking an honourable peace 5 months before Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
2). Why was there no resistance by "die hards" after the Japanese surrender if the Japanese were crazed fanatics who would fight to the last man, woman and child?
3). When was U.S. Naval Intelligence able to read all the Japanese diplomatic and military codes?
4). When were the British able to read all the German diplomatic and military codes?
5). What was the U.S. military doing in the Pacific theatre before Pearl Harbour?
6). Was the Imperial Navy of Japan the largest and most modern navy in the world in 1941?
7). How did the Empire of Japan fail to win even one major battle in WW II? (Except against the British Empire in the Far East, which it defeated in 3 days.) The Japanese hadn't lost a war in several hundred years.
8). How did the U.S. — at the height of its power — "lose China" 1945-49?
9). How did the United States fail to win in Korea only 5 years after the Great Victory of WW II?
10). Did the U.S. really disarm after 1945 or did it immediately find a new enemy?
General Douglas MacArthur is an American military icon. He was the most decorated American in WW I. He had a distinguished career before that war. He had a distinguished career after that war. But MacArthur was on his way out when he left the Academy to take a job in the Philippines. All of his messages sounding the alarm about an aggressive Empire of Japan were ignored in Washington. His requests for aid were largely ignored by Washington before and after Pearl Harbour and even after MacArthur assumed command of the occupation of Japan. During WW II, MacArthur was given the title "Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers" (SCAP), but the real power went to Admiral Ernest J. King (Joint Chiefs) and Admiral Chester Nimitz who used unlimited naval force to smash the Japanese. Their first exercise at Tarawa was a sickening and unnecessary waste of life (American and Japanese), according to MacArthur. MacArthur, like Eisenhower, didn't even know about the atom bomb until it was dropped. Both were appalled.
And on and on. These things are known facts. "Peace through Strength" has always been the guiding principle of the U.S.A. It is more than a vain hope. It is a nightmare of wars without end, which is what we have had for the century the U.S.A. has been running things and what the Pentagon promises will continue. WAR is their dream. No one else need dream it. Nudge someone and wake him up. Awaken to the golden dawn that is breaking. We have a wonderful future. Let's live it.
* Doug wondered how the Pentagon planned to launch an invasion of Japan that would be hundreds of times larger than "Overlord" when they would have to transport everything across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean compared to only a few dozen miles across the English Channel from England to Normandy.