U.S. At War: Declaration to the World

Twenty-four years ago this month, two days before Woodrow Wilson's departure on his second trip to Paris, Massachusetts' eloquent, elegant Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. rose in the Senate to offer a resolution. It began: "Whereas under the Constitution it is a function of the Senate to advise and consent to, or dissent from, the ratification of any treaty. . . ." It concluded: "Resolved . . . that the constitution of the league of nations in the form now proposed . . . should not be accepted by the United States. . . ."

When objection was made to considering his...

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