To prevent another Hiroshima, maintain peace through strength

Seventy-five years ago today, the United States used a new weapon to end a global conflagration that had killed tens of millions of people. With the detonation of atomic bombs, first over Hiroshima and then Nagasaki, America finally broke the will of the Japanese government, precipitating its prompt surrender.

Ever since, critics have condemned these actions. Yet, they spared allied military forces and Japan’s population a far more costly invasion of the Home Islands. In addition, these demonstrations of such weapons’ devastating power have helped deter another world war for over seven decades.

Today, though, the adequacy of our deterrent is in serious question due to a lack of maintenance and modernization commensurate with the growing threats we face from Russia and China.

This solemn anniversary should remind us of the urgent need to attend to the dangers of such a shortfall.

This is Frank Gaffney.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.