One hundred years ago this month Pres. Wilson made the speech that threw the US into the meat grinder known as the Great War, World War 1…..there have been many reasons cited as to why the US felt it necessary to go to war.
Some say it was the sinking of a ship….yet others cite the Zimmermann telegram as a reason…..this piece gives reasons for our fateful trip into the war in Europe….
It was one hundred years ago this month that America entered World War I, which began July 28, 1914. On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson addressed a joint session of Congress and requested it to declare war on Germany. The Senate would vote in favor of war on April 4 and the House would follow suit on April 6. This essay critiques a recent article in “The Weekly Standard” by Geoffrey Norman, who has written articles on multiple topics in a number of mainstream journals in addition to neocon ones. His article represents the conventional neocon thinking on World War I and since they have been major players in shaping American foreign policy—especially in the Middle East—Norman’s piece is of significance in understanding their foreign policy Weltanschauung. Moreover, this essay will try to bring out what appear to be the causes of American entry into the war.
(keep in mind that this site has a Libertarian lean to it…so keep that in your thoughts as you read)
Whatever the reason…..America’s entry into the war changed everything for this country and the world…..
A century ago Congress declared war on Imperial Germany. It was a bizarre decision: the secure New World voluntarily joined the Old World slaughterhouse, consigning more than 117,000 Americans to death for no intelligible reason.
The chief outcome of the war was to sweep away several reasonably benign if imperfect “ancien regimes” while loosing various totalitarian bacilli. All too naturally, even, seemingly, inevitably, emerged communism, followed by fascism and Nazism. The so-called Great War’s unfinished business was finally settled only in World War II, after consuming as many as 80 million lives.
The modern world was born on the battlefields of Europe.