I always thought it unwise for presidents to tell actual or would-be aggressors in advance what they would or would not do in a warlike situation. I take it that, unlike Harry Truman, President Barack Obama would have tried to have defeated Imperial Japan -- and the barbarism it wrought over so much of Asia and to U.S. troops and prisoners of war -- by accepting hundreds of thousands of additional American casualties. What would Tom Hanks say to that?
Interestingly, Truman remains one of the few great presidents to whom Obama has not been compared. I think we now know why.
Alvin S. Felzenberg
Author, "The Leaders We Deserved" :