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The United States’ Entrance Into WWI

April 6, 2011 by  

On this date 93 years ago, the United States formally entered World War I. Shortly after taking office for his second term as President, Woodrow Wilson (who had campaigned on the promise of “keeping America out of the European war”) urged Congress to declare war on Germany.  The Senate did so on April 4; the House followed two days later.

The conflict became known as “the war to make the world safe for democracy.” This clever Madison Avenue slogan was a total ruse, of course. Instead, the war was the bloodiest conflict that had ever been fought up ’till then.  It destroyed almost every government in Europe. It led to the murderous rule of Stalin in Russia and Hitler in Germany.

And it ushered in an era of Big Government from which the world is still suffering.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Grey Wolf

    Thanks Chip for the history lesson. My grandfather was a WW1 vet & a member of the 90th U.S. Army Division aka “The Tough (H)ombres” aka “The Texas & Oklahoma Division.” It was a terrible war & he spent most of it in the trenches, not only fighting the Central Powers but also mustard gas, disease & low morale. He was at the Battle of the Argonne Forest, perhaps the bloodiest of the whole conflict. The Allies triumphed there & ultimately went on to win the war that was supposed to end all wars. In all of his 90 years, my grandpa often questioned the US participation in that conflict. One thing for sure, it did not put an end to modern warfare. Another, the U.S. went from being an isolationist nation (trade with all, alliances with none as George Washington proclaimed) to a declining super power less than a century later. Perhaps minding one’s own affairs is not a bad ideal after all. Ninety-three years later, we are all paying the price for not following that ancient advice.
    Mike Whalen aka Grey Wolf
    Cincinnati, OH

  • CurtisS

    The Battle of the Argonne Forrest WAS NOT the bloodiest battle of World War One… it was the bloodiest AMERICAN battle of World War One. Subtle, but still a big difference. If the US has showed-up when the war started, some four years prior, World War One certainly would have ended sooner. If America had entered the War when it started in 1914, like the rest of the combatants, perhaps the events that caused Hitler’s rise to power would never have happened.
    As for “minding one’s own affairs” the US was certainly active in the 50 years before World War One with military actions throughout the Pacific against Japan, China, Korea and “super powers” like the Kingdom of Hawaii, Samoa and Fiji. Don’t forget the Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War and the Boxer Rebellion. There were other military actions in Africa, South America and against the Turks. The whole notion of American isolationism is a bit of a myth…


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