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The Fateful Decision to Enter World War One

By Burton Yale Pines
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Entering World War One against Germany was America’s greatest blunder of the 20th century. America had no reason to join the devastating and stalemated three-years-old struggle. America was never threatened; its security was never at risk. By sending two million doughboys to the Western Front, America shattered the battlefield stalemate and won the war. This allowed Britain and France to impose the devastating peace on Germany which led to German toxic calls for revenge.

Had America not entered the war, the two sides, exhausted and running out of manpower, ultimately would have had to negotiate a peace of compromises. There would have been no victor, no vanquished, no punishing Versailles peace, no reparations, no forcing Germany to accept sole guilt for starting the war, no German calls for revenge and thus no Hitler, no World War Two and likely no Cold War. America’s entering the war thus was a gigantic blunder with dreadful decades-long consequences. 

In writing America’s Greatest Blunder, Burton Yale Pines mobilizes his decades observing policy-making and historical crises. Initially trained as a historian at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), where he taught undergraduates, he later joined Time Magazine, reporting from Germany, Viet Nam, Chicago and Vienna, where he was East European Bureau Chief. Then, as a Time editor, he chronicled much of the Cold War. Later, for more than a decade in Washington as a think tank executive, he witnessed first-hand the making of foreign policy and national security policy.

He is a three-time winner of the New York Newspaper Guild’s "Page One Award for Excellence in Journalism” and is the author of Back to Basics (William Morrow, 1982) and Out of Focus (Regnery-Gateway, 1992). His op-ed essays on foreign policy and national defense policy have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and other national publications. He grew up in Chicago, attended Nicholas Senn High School and now lives in Manhattan.

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Format: ePub
ISBN 13: 978-0-9891487-1-9
Publisher: RSD Press
Publication Date: 10/29/2013

Format: MOBI
ISBN 13: 978-0-9891487-2-6
Publisher: RSD Press
Publication Date: 10/29/2013

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