Harry Truman

The Bombs of August

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In the security and prosperity of peace, it is now common to fault Truman for his seemingly cruel decision. But in 1945, many Americans were blaming the U.S. government for thousands of American deaths from fighting in the Pacific. Right after the war, they complained that the atomic bombs should have been used even earlier to preclude nightmares such as Okinawa. It is now hard to imagine any choices worse than dropping an atomic bomb. But in August 1945, there were some that most certainly were.

Truman May Have Been the Proto-Trump

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

It took a half-century for historians to concede that the feisty Truman had solid accomplishments, especially in foreign affairs. Even his vulgarity was eventually appreciated as integral to the image of “Give ’Em Hell” Harry. But if he’d had access to Twitter, or had a Robert Mueller to hound him, the loose-cannon Truman probably would have self-destructed in a flurry of ad hominem tweets. Yet in the end, Truman proved successful because of what he did — and in spite of what he said.

Trump Stole a Page From "Give 'Em Hell" Harry

Roger Stone, Real Clear Politics

His crowds were massive. In underestimating the importance of Trump’s drawing ability at rallies, the Democrats made a classic blunder. Very few experts caught the coming Trump tidal wave — or that Trump was copying the playbook of peppery and determined Harry Truman in a super-human sprint across the country. It could be the greatest close in U.S. history.