Talk:United States in World War I
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What's World War II doing in an article about World War I? Also, isn't a century 100 years?
The text presently reads, "Armor plate (and after 1918, airplanes) were exceptions that have caused unremitting controversy for a century." Excuse me, but we haven't gotten to 2018 yet, have we?
The text presently reads, "After World War II, the arsenals and Navy yards were much less important than giant civilian aircraft and electronic firms, which became the second half of the "military–industrial complex."" What on earth has this got to do with World War I?
I think both of these just plain need to come out, so I'm going to go ahead and do so.
By the way - what the heck happened to this talk page? Why would I believe that an article this extensive has had no discussion? Has somebody killed the entire talk page? Would not that be gross vandalism?
Much better presentation of economic and commercial issues needed
I believe that both this article and its companion article (United States in World War I, American entry into World War I) are seriously deficient in discussing economic and commercial interests and the role they played in how the United States got into this war. Analyzing this history as purely a matter of moral outrage and public feeling just plain leaves too much out. I'm no expert in this area, but those who are really should devote some work to this in order to present a full picture. Trade relationships with Britain and Germany were very real and very important. Those war loans were very real and involved very important sums of money, especially in a banking system that had very few safeguards and safety nets. How a possible future German Empire including Britain, France and Spain would have behaved economically and commercially would have had huge consequences for American interests. This whole aspect needs to be explained. Perhaps extant research in this area is inadequate, but it needs to be explored. Poihths (talk) 00:16, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
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