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As Obama announces Hiroshima visit, a look back at the decision to drop the A bomb




A woman places a candle lit paper lantern on the river during 70th anniversary activities, commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
A woman places a candle lit paper lantern on the river during 70th anniversary activities, commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
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(AP) President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb during World War II, decimating a city and exploding the world into the Atomic Age.

Obama will visit the site with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a previously scheduled trip to Japan, the White House announced Tuesday.

Obama will not apologize for the bombing, the White House made clear. And Abe said none was expected nor necessary, suggesting the visit itself would send a powerful message.

Guests:

Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, author of ‘The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb,’ and a former professor of political economy at the University of Maryland

Thomas Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island and author of "No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security."