One hundred years ago this month, Woodrow Wilson ended America's longstanding policy of isolation and led us into World War I on the Allied side. Over two and a half million Americans were shipped "over there" to Europe and served in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). By war's end, more than 100,000 Americans would join the ranks of what British Prime Minister Lloyd George termed, without a trace of irony, "the glorious dead."
Why did Wilson make his fateful decision to enter the "War to end all wars?" Two of the principle reasons behind Wilson's decision were the German policy of unrestricted submarine warfare and the Zimmerman Telegram. Unrestricted submarine warfare........ the RMS Lusitania, which was destined to be sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland in 1915, killing around 1,200 passengers, including at least 125 Americans.......To Read More.....
My Take - This article is interesting but misleading. Wilson used both of these examples as an excuse to enter the war. There was no need for America to enter this war, and especially over the sinking of the Lusitania. The Lusitania was a British ship and there's more than enough evidence it wasn't just a passenger ship - it was in reality a munitions carrier disguised as a passenger ship, and naturally the disguise required passengers. This wasn't a act demonstrating German brutality as much as it was English disdain for civilian life, and that was especially true of Winston Churchill who - as Lord of the Admiralty - ordered English shipping to fly flags of other countries, especially American flags in hopes of Germany sinking legitimately flagged American ships to draw America into this war.
They knew this could, and eventually would happen, and used this for propaganda purposes to draw Americans into the war. As for Wilson - he was a well know anglophile and privately wanted to enter the war on England's side - all the while lying to the American public proclaiming how he was a devoted isolationist. And going to war over Americans who died on a foreign flag ship in time of war was a standard created by Wilson to justify the unjustifiable. Most of this article is factually accurate but is misleading in my opinion. I would view this as lies of omission.
Oh, one more thing. Who was responsible for the breakup of the Ottoman Empire after the war and creating the countries of the Middle East as we know them and the problems we have now? Winston Churchill!