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Wilson, along with the American public, felt that going to war was both necessary and wise for a number of different reasons. The overwhelming reason was that the war was crucial in order to make the world safe for democracy. The U.S. believed that it had a strong devotion to both freedom and democracy, and that the sooner the rest of the world accepted those principals the better. Entering the war would help foster democracy in other nations by blunting the power of more aggressive, imperial nations like Germany and the Ottoman Empire.
Underneath this veneer of moralism was a more practical goal. The U.S. had loaned large amounts of money to the allies, and if they lost those debts might not be repaid. Financial security was also a chief goal for the U.S. upon entering the Great War.
Also, the German military decided to allow unrestricted U-boat warfare as the war continued, and soon the U.S. was losing ships as they crossed the Atlantic. Protecting shipping became another chief goal of the U.S. during World War I.
Another aim was the security of its own borders. Germany had sent a proposition to Mexico that asked the U.S.’s southern neighbor to join forced with Germany in exchange for territorial rights that Mexico had long claimed after the Mexican-American War. Hoping to end future allied proposition, the U.S. entered World War I.
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