Read this one slowly...
I'm reading "The President's First Year: None Were Prepared, Some Never Learned - Why the Only School for Presidents Is the Presidency" by Douglas Alan Cohn and I wanted to share this quote with you.
This is what Woodrow Wilson said in both his Inaugural Address and later in his First Annual Message to Congress on December 2, 1913:
"The country, I am thankful to say, is at peace with all the world, and many happy manifestations multiply about us of a growing cordiality and sense of community of interest among the nations, foreshadowing an age of settled peace and good will. More and more readily each decade do the nations manifest their willingness to bind themselves by solemn treaty to the processes of peace, the processes of frankness and fair concession. So far the United States has stood at the front of such negotiations. She will, I earnestly hope and confidently believe, give fresh proof of her sincere adherence to the cause of international friendship by ratifying the several treaties of arbitration awaiting renewal by the Senate. In addition to these, it has been the privilege of the Department of State to gain the assent, in principle, of no less than 31 nations, representing four-fifths of the population of the world, to the negotiation of treaties by which it shall be agreed that whenever differences of interest or of policy arise which cannot be resolved by the ordinary processes of diplomacy they shall be publicly analyzed, discussed, and reported upon by a tribunal chosen by the parties before either nation determines its course of action."
Before 8 months had passed of the following year World War I had started and, before it was over, (According to Wikipedia) “the total number of deaths includes about 11 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. The Triple Entente (also known as the Allies) lost about 6 million military personnel while the Central Powers lost about 4 million. At least 2 million died from diseases and 6 million went missing, presumed dead”.
Sometimes, when the Good Ole USofA is faced with a crisis, we will hear someone say, “The President need to make a speech about this dire situation”. If that happens again, don’t ask Woodrow Wilson to make that speech.
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