The very reason that it was forced to go to war

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the very reason that it was forced to go to war Fights to punish the power that was rash enough and hostile enough to provoke it- wants to teach a lesson it wont forget Compares America to a prehistoric monster
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WWI 17:53 Small brain, pays little attention to his environment (slow to wrath) until someone wacks his tail off. Then stops around and destroys everything in path including his habitat Wiser for him to have taken a little more interest in what was going on at an earlier date and to have seen whether he could not have prevented some of these situations from arising instead of proceeding from an undiscriminating indifference to a holy wrath equally undiscriminating WWI left Europe in shambles= predicts WWII Absence of a major war on the continent during the century before 1914 had rested on a balance of power which presupposed the existence of France, Germany, Austria- hungry, and Russia as dominant elements all of those flanked by an England instinctively conscious of her stake in the balance The gradual shift of power from Austria-hungry to Germany. This was particularly important because Austria-hungry had not much change of becoming a naval and commercial rival to England, whereas Germany definitely did have such a change and was foolish enough to exploit it aggressively, with a chip on her shoulder in a way that gave British a deep sense of concern and insecurity
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The strategy of innocence? The United States, 1920-1945 By  Eliot A. Cohen 17:53 Became a great power between 1920-1945 Civil war revealed magnitude of US potential strength but European powers doubted that it possessed the constancy of purpose and the political skill to play a major role in world politics Isolationism after WWI furthered thought By 1945 no doubt America was a power In 1920s and 1930s most americans viewed WWI as a mistake Army after WWI never shrank back to prewar size Navy was strong= Naval Act of 1916 “ navy second to none” Even at its weakest it was second largest in the world and one of the most efficient Airforce strong Army strong WWI set the pattern for WWII “the delegation of vast discretionary powers to the President to deal with a broadly defined subject matter in furtherance of objectives equally broad” Differences between WWI and WWII in case of US WWI Entered at end of conflict Wasn’t a decisive influence on the battlefield ½ of aircrafts flown by American pilots were American made 1/7 artillery pieces were American manufactured little opportunity to control the worlds shape; dominant theater remained the western front Americans indispensable to allied success Without the promise of fresh armies the allies could not have hung on in the desperate spring of 1918 Threat and subsequent reality of American force convinced germans that resistance into the winter of 1918-1919 would be hopeless
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The strategy of innocence? The United States, 1920-1945 By  Eliot A. Cohen 17:53 WWII Earlier mobilization beginning in 1940, with origins in 1938 Had surpassed british war production by 1942
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