The Stakes of Diplomacy

The Stakes of Diplomacy

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The Stakes of Diplomacy

The Stakes of Diplomacy

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The day after the Lusitania was destroyed, we realized that one man had it in his power to send this country to war. The responsibility and the power, so tremendous that it might decide the world war, so far-reaching that it might alter our whole history, turned for a few dizzy days on the judgment of one man. Had Mr. Wilson wished war with Germany he could have had it. We were in his hands, and no amount of elections, or constitutional reservations about the right of Congress to declare war, can alter the fact that the real war-making power in the United States is the President.

Americans have never intended to give any one man such importance. They have always believed they possessed that democratic control of foreign affairs for which European liberals are agitating. The United States makes no secret treaties; the treaties it does make have to be ratified by the . . .

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