- Mar 2019
The core problem was lack of respect. The Americans as with most other non European peoples were seen as smelly crass upstarts that were not from Europe. The Allies only wanted the Americans in the war because of all the shiny new toys they could bring.It does take a bit of “cheek” to suggest that WW1-era American GIs should stay behind to help sort out Europe’s problems. This is an admission that they couldn’t regulate their own affairs. Frankly, those people were probably right but didn’t have 20-20 foresight to know how Europe would evolve. I tend to doubt that the US could have done much post-WW1. The French were ‘feeling their oats’ and would not have paid much attention to US doufghboys teeling them what to do.
Post WW2, that mistake was not made again, but even then, there was plenty of chaos to go around.