Greg Mitchell


Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor and Publisher, discusses the suppressed documentary color footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki devastation, today’s casual threats to use nuclear weapons without a serious understanding of the consequences, the continuing disagreement over the need to use atomic weapons to quickly defeat Japan in WWII and the surprising cast of characters (MacArthur, Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles) who were against using the bomb.

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Greg Mitchell is the author of Hiroshima in America, So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits–and the President–Failed on Iraq and Why Obama Won: The Making of a President 2008.

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  1. I found it odd that local television scheduling included a flurry of programs and movies about the attack on Pearl Harbor (programs usually guaranteed to run every early December) and other like fare, i.e. the Bataan Death March, Japanese miliraism in China, etc.

    I had forgotten the historical signifigance of the 6th (and 9th) of August.

    Apparently the State hasn't and seeks to have events recalled entirely within the context It establishes.

  2. All right,

    Getting rid of the H-bomb and just keeping the fission bombs on storage is not going to happen. That is because the H-bomb is “flexible” in the following sense:

    The original Fat Man (Pu-based Nagasaki bomb) yielded 21’000 tons of TNT and massed a bit less than 5 metric tons (E=mc² is impressive). Such a metal-based bomb has a maximum yield; you cannot just add Pu for more – build it too big and most of it fizzles. It is also heavy and expensive.

    In an ideal case, you want to build your tamed Shoggoths in anything from a few kilotons (tactical use) to a few tens of megatons (city busters) and keep them small so you can put them on a Peacekeeper ICBM or whatnot.

    Which is where the “H” comes in.

    You set up a small “A” bomb. Modern Pu-based fission triggers (the blasting cap) are sized like a small barrel and yield ~100-1000 tons of TNT. You join it with a lightweight container of Lithium/Deuterium (i.e. Li + H), the size of which can be chosen in function of your kill needs. In actuality this is more complicated but that’s the idea.

    Without the “H” stage, nuclear-tipped ICBMs would not exist – the bombs would be too heavy to carry and too expensive to build.

    Here’s an example of a “H” bomb, for illustration:

  3. Nobody talks much of the consequences of deploying US short-range nuclear missiles in Poland: Russian Launch On Warning. Already, Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D 5 linked to NAVSTAR obtain a CEP of 30-40 metres. The US Navy has Advanced ASW Capabilities.

  4. The Russians just did a test launch of two of their own new missile systems from under he Arctic ice near the north pole. Mirved at between 8 and 10, rockets fired from a single Russian sub could put America's 100 largest cities in some difficulty. The Russians have a number of such subs, and bases on thew Arctic.

    The latest round of goofing around with first strike capability by the US could lead to a 'fire on warning' "{accident" in Russia. Then somebody better hope those Polish-based ABM systems work a lot better than Patriots did on Scuds.

    Obama should invite any Hiroshima/Nagasaki survivors, if there are any left, to the White House for an up close and personal look at the effects. The Air Force certainly isn't going to talk about it.

  5. So without the horrors perpetrated by the Nazi’s the incineration of the civilian population of two whole Japanese cities becomes exactly what it is – a holocaust. Dare I say that the Americans needed the extermination of Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Slavs, Communists and homosexual’s to divert public attention away from this unprecedented war crime? This observation is in no way meant to detract from the reality of the macabre Nazi extermination programmes but more to reveal a very real pattern of superimposing ones own crimes (holocaust – consumption by fire) onto others thereby leaving us with the Manichean construct of the good holocaust versus the bad holocaust.

    1. Let's not forget that the firebombing of Japanese cities, the precursor to the nuclear bombings, was only possible on account of the firebombing of German cities. U.S. and British technicians studied the effects of the many firebombings in Germany and worked continually to improve upon them. When the Japanese home island came within range of the B-29s in 1944, the technique had already been honed to a fine science. For details, see Jörg Friedrich's _The Fire: The Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945_.

  6. It is a strange development that a ‘libertarian’ site would censor discussion at all, let alone a topic involving the deaths of so many. After all I am simply commenting on what is apparent to me; I did not kill anybody. If the various comments people make do not pander to the censors sensitivities then the site operator should maybe steer clear of such subjects.
    If there are taboos that I am unaware of would anti-war please clearly state them so that in future I may censor myself for your benefit in order to comment?

  7. History is never accurate because of propaganda and power. Media is just a tool used by governments who distort facts to gain the upper hand. Unfortunately these distortions are often recorded as history.

    1. I disagree your reason "History is never accurate". THe inaccuracy it is not because of state generated and propagated propaganda and power, though that is the tool, it is because the Actors in Charge are allowed to maintain state secrets. The secrets state make possible for the Actors in charge of the state to use their power to propagandize a population denied knowledge by the rule of law. State secrets are what make wars in foreign lands possible.

  8. Truman should have been hanged for killing tens of thousands of defenseless babies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I never used to feel that way, but I do now.

    1. Truman continued the wrong headed policies of FDR as Obama is continuing those of Bush. No wonder there are similar bloodlines for presidents. They perpetuate the same mistakes and evil actions.

  9. Harry Truman–the failed haberdasher, the "Senator from Pendergast," was a war criminal. The difference? Well, unlike the Germans and Japanese, he was on the side that won.

    No war crimes trial for Saint Harry.

  10. US pursuit of Disarming and Unanswerable first-strike capability leads to Launch On Warning and the result is Accidental Nuclear War. "Bloody fools in the Pentagon" as Brigadier Harbottle stated.

  11. i hope the New World Order which is looming near will allow us to express our opinions freely (if I'm around when it happens). Henry Kissinger says Obama will establish it..or rather, finish what his predecessors started.

  12. What I find absolutely shocking and most distressing is the large number of ignorant as well as even "educated" Americans who support the notion that massacring countless innocent civilians – men, women & children, was a necessary & good deed to avoid a greater evil. What could be a greater evil when a nation willingly & happily slaughters other humans at will, simply because it can and knows that there will be no consequenses to their actions? And then they all go to Church on Sunday in their Sunday best. A sick bloody nation.

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