Woodrow Wilson's War Message Analysis

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On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson presented his war message to congress. For three years, the United States had managed to remain neutral in World War I, which was destroying Western Europe. The president realized that in the months to come, there would be much hardship and many casualties, but knew that entering the war would be necessary in order to maintain peace and prosperity for the USA and other countries as well. Wilson was determined to fight for our country and defend those who cannot defend themselves. Based on the interpretation of Wilson’s war message, we can see that our relationship with other nations that were attacking us and our allies was not very strong. He first brought to congress’ attention that the German Government had announced that it would begin using its u-boats to sink any vessel approaching the ports of Great Britain or any European Coast. US relations with Germany had deteriorated throughout the first 3 years of the war, especially as German submarines had torpedoed many American merchant vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Wilson’s main concern was not…show more content…
From Wilson’s War Message, one is able to conclude that the US was prepared to risk our soldier’s lives, spend our government funds, and shed blood in order to protect the rights and freedoms that our country was founded upon. In this case, Wilson is talking about Germany sinking our merchant vessels. Over the course of time, the US has portrayed this message again and again. Two clear examples are our invasion of Japan after their attack on Pearl Harbor and our invasion of Iraq after their attack on the world trade center. In final analysis, I believe that the US is willing to put all it has on the line in order to save its people from
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