It wasn’t necessary to hit them
with that awful thing
— General Dwight Eisenhower

We hit them with it, first
at Hiroshima and then at Nagasaki –
the old one-two punch.

The bombings were tests really, to see
what those “awful things” would do.

First, of a gun-type uranium bomb, and then
of a plutonium implosion bomb.

Both proved highly effective
in the art of obliterating cities.

It wasn’t necessary.