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Old 10-23-2012, 08:08 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Amnorix View Post
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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