Historical Notes: The Bomb That Didn't Drop

One of the most enduring indictments of the U.S. in Asia is that racial considerations underlay Washington's decision in World War II to drop atomic bombs on yellow Japanese rather than white Germans. Last week retired Lieut.

General Leslie R. Groves, head of the wartime Manhattan Project that produced the bomb, disclosed that, on the contrary, President Roosevelt was "perfectly prepared" to change plans and order a nuclear attack on Germany.

Roosevelt, said Groves, was deter mined to prevent a military stalemate in Europe. On Dec. 30, 1944, as the Allied offensive bogged down in the Battle of the Bulge,...

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