Peter and the Armies of Islam
IT WAS AXIOMATIC in Watson's politics that Woodrow Wilson could do no right. More deeply imbedded in his mind than axioms was a hatred of militarism. By the dictates of these two antipathies, more than any other influences, was shaped the tortuous attitude he took toward the nation's part in the World War.
Ever since he led the victory over the Wilson party in the Georgia primary of 1912 Watson had been unremitting in his attack upon the President. Nothing seemed to please him. Had Wilson given a death blow to Dollar Diplomacy? "Then what's our navy doing in Nicaragua?" asked Watson. Had the President secured the passage of anti-trust laws? "Yes; with all their teeth extracted," he replied. Had not eighteen peace treaties been negotiated? They were "eighteen lame jokes." Had not Neutrality been maintained? "Could the administration have done anything else?" His bitterest attack was reserved for Wilson's Mexican policy. The capture of Vera Cruz was a "wanton piece of criminal stupidity," for which he could see no possible justification. For sending the "punitive expedition" after Villa the President "richly deserved impeachment." Intervention meant that Wilson sought "to complete the bloody work of Mora, Diaz, Huerta, and Henry Lane Wilson."1 Like everything else he wrote in this period, the criticisms of Wilson were____________________