Although no pacifist, President Wilson long resisted demands that he get the U.S. involved in World War I. He narrowly won reelection in 1916 on the slogan, “He kept us out of the war,” but German unrestricted submarine warfare and the revelation of the Zimmerman Telegram shifted public opinion. Wilson then asked Congress for a declaration of war, which it promptly gave him, and the U.S. entered World War I on the side of Britain and France. In just two years, the Allies were victorious and the war was over.
Wilson’s Great War leadership as commander in chief doesn’t get nearly the ink that Lincoln does for the Civil War, FDR does for World War II or (far less praiseworthy) LBJ does for the Vietnam War.
Why do you think that is? Because of the limited timeframe (just 1917-18)? The bad odor from Wilson’s later, futile campaign for U.S. membership in the League of Nations? Because Wilson was a hands-off CINC who let Gen. John Pershing pretty much call the shots?
Or something else?