Wilson's 21 Blunders


"So costly were his mistakes—and ours —and so strong is the likelihood that we shall run through the same tragic cycle again, that I regard it as a solemn duty to lay aside all personal predilections and present some pertinent if disagreeable truths."

The speaker was Thomas A. Bailey, Stanford historian, addressing the American Historical Association in Manhattan last week. The mistakes he spoke of were Woodrow Wilson's. Professor Bailey proceeded to cap Woodrow Wilson's 14 points by listing no fewer than 21 "peacemaking blunders" committed by the World War I President....

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