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The effect of the war upon the United States will depend upon what American citizens say and do. Every man who really loves America will act and speak in the true spirit of neutrality, which is the spirit of impartiality and fairness and friendliness to all concerned.
The United States must be neutral in fact, as well as in name, during these days that are to try men's souls. We must be impartial in thought, as well as action, must put a curb upon our sentiments, as well as upon every transaction that might be construed as a preference of one party to the struggle before another.
United States President Woodrow Wilson declared a U.S. policy of absolute neutrality, an official stance that would last until 1917 when Germany's policy of unrestricted submarine warfare - which seriously threatened America's commercial shipping (which was in any event almost entirely directed towards the Allies led by Britain and France) - forced the U.S. to finally enter the war on 6 April 1917.
In the aftermath of the Great War, as American troops came home from Europe, the United States became permeated by a sense of disillusionment as people observed the turmoil continuing in Europe in the years following the terrible conflict. In 1921 Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes called for a naval conference in Washington to address the armaments race that many had seen as an underlying cause of the First World War, the first of many steps taken internationally to try to prevent the outbreak of more war.
The Washington Naval Conference convened in November 1921, and in the opening address Secretary Hughes gave a candid speech in which he declared that “the way to this arm is to disarm,” and that the time to begin was immediately. Thus he proposed a 10 year holiday in the construction of capital ships—battleships and heavy cruisers—and he also recommended the scrapping of other ships. One British reporter claimed that Secretary Hughes had in 15 minutes “sunk more ships than all the admirals of the world have sunk over the centuries.” The Washington Conference was a landmark event, and it was followed by other attempts to reduce armaments and control the forces that tended to lead to war. Further conferences were held at Geneva and London, but ultimately none of the agreements ever prevented anything significant.
Summary of American policy 1920-1939 and beyond:
• The Red Scare of 1919—"100% Americanism—follows World War I. Americans want to let Europe stew in its own juice, etc. Americans show an incredible indifference to the fate of Europe during the 1920s
• The U.S. follows foreign policy that is narrow, cautious, and self-centered and refuses to be bound by any agreement to preserve international peace. (No “entangling alliances.”)
• Anti-Japanese immigration policy; tight immigration laws a paradox considering number of immigrants already in U.S.
• The U.S. military is reduced to 118,00 by 1927.
• Washington wants World War I debts paid, quarrels with almost everybody over various issues. America had loaned Allies during and after war a total of $11billion. Great Britain proposes canceling reparations debts if U.S. will cancel Great Britain's $4 billion debt. U.S. refuses.
• The nation remains primarily isolationist throughout the 1930s.
• As WWII nears, the U.S. becomes increasingly involved in world affairs and takes a leading role in maintaining world order.
• In World War II the U.S. becomes the dominant world power.
• As the Soviet Union rises in the years following World War II and the Cold War builds, Americans learn they can no longer live in isolation.
Originally posted by Count Chocula
What a bunch of hogwash. I could argue very well that if the USA had not got involved in World War I then Germany might have been able to achieve a stalemate against the Brits and French and there would have been no feckless Wiemar Germany and almost certainly no rise of Hitler.
Furthermore, a German victory or negotiated peace in World War I would have almost certainly prevented the formation of the Soviet Union, so you see the policy of sticking our noses in where it doesnt belong can and usually does have even worse consequences on down the road. It is for that reason our founding fathers in all their wisdom warned us about foreign entanglements.
It's also becoming apparent that you neocons won't stop until the entire world is in flames, but just remember you're going to fall along with the rest of us.
Originally posted by mnmcandiez
We have no money. Understand?
Originally posted by seabag
Maybe we should drop Obamacare!
We're never too broke to be free and safe!
If you feel strongly about Ron Paul’s plan of withdrawing all US troops from overseas, please tell me how this will make America safer. Please tell me how this action wouldn’t be exactly like the isolationism of the past that led to the wars of the past 100 years. How can we ignore the threats we face today when the threats of yesterday led us to painful wars and loss of life? Please justify closing bases overseas, otherwise you must denounce RP’s foreign policy.
Originally posted by Fiberx
Honestly, few people truely care about the details at this moment. Paul supporters generally seek for our government to be reformed on a fundamental level. Many Americans would rate their government as a top 5 threat to the future of our nation... Something is deeply wrong on the inside.
First priority is controlling our own nation, then we get back to being a good citizen of the world. One begets the other.