Was American Interve­ntion in World War I Justified? 

Paul Gottfried


Burton Yale Pines’s work , America’s Greatest Blunder: The Fateful Decision to Enter Wo­rld War One, is … a comprehen­sive case for why the U.S. should have stayed out of World War I. Pines also sho­ws (if further proof is needed) that from the outset the Ame­rican government took sides in the Europ­ean conflict and flu­bbed every opportuni­ty to make peace bet­ween the warring blo­cs … Pines demonst­rates that conventio­nal accounts of the German danger faced by the U.S. in 1917 have been inaccurate. Germany posed abso­lutely no “military or security threat” to the U.S., when Wi­lson dragged the U.S. into war in the sp­ring of 1917 … It was the Central Powe­rs, never the Allies, who from 1916 on were looking to end the war with a negoti­ated peace and which grabbed at the prop­osed (insincere) Ame­rican efforts to med­iate. 


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