Argument: Atomic demonstration over Japan would have wasted one of two bombs

Issue Report: Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Bill Dietrich. “Pro and Con on Dropping the Bomb”. Seattle Times. 1995 – “With only two bombs ready (and a third on the way by late August 1945) it was too risky to “waste” one in a demonstration over an unpopulated area.”

Victor Davis Hanson. “Considering Hiroshima.” National Review. August 05, 2005 – “For the immediate future there were only two bombs available. Planners thought that using one for demonstration purposes (assuming that it would have worked) might have left the Americans without enough of the new arsenal to shock and awe the Japanese government should it have ridden out the first attack and then become emboldened by a hiatus, and our inability to follow up the attacks.”