Originally Posted by BucEyedPea
Mitt could be posturing. I think the Establishment, who owns both puppets, wanted both appear less like warmongers. They know where the people stand. Remember Wilson and FDR voiced not wanting to get into two of Europe's wars and never meant it.
I agree that "FDR didn't really mean it" in the sense that he would rather have gone to war if he could, but he had to wait until public opinion supported our joining the war.
Wilson, however, stayed out of the war for three full years, and only got involved when American interests were being directly attacked (the U-Boat campaign on neutral shipping) and it was revealed that Germany was plotting something sinister (and rather absurd) with Mexico. By that point, American popular opinion was very strongly in favor of going to war. Wilson was an idealist, not a warmonger, and wasn't really all that excited about going to war. Wilson meant every word of trying to stay out of the war.
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