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Were Wilson's goals unrealistic and misleading?

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August 22, 2014 6:01AM

In the World War I era, President Wilson's famous "14 Points" did in fact turn out to be unrealistic and misleading. They were unrealistic because, being formulated in a context without regional and cultural tensions the likes of which dominated Europe at the time, they could not be practically applied with any hope of positive effect. They were also misleading insofar as the United States withdrew from active participation in post-war negotiations soon after the conflict was militarily concluded: European powers could only conclude that Wilson's real energies (and America's, as well) were focused on matters other than the "14 Points."