“Most of America’s recent foreign policy woes have emanated from places like the Mideast, Africa, and also Asia. These three regions were once backyards of the British Empire and the British understood how to craft meaningful solutions to seemingly intractable conflicts in these regions.”
“In fact, President Woodrow Wilson had made clear his antipathy to all forms of empire. Rather than merely sending American doughboys to end the war in the entente’s favor, Wilson insisted on fighting to end all war while simultaneously ending empire itself. Wilson envisaged a postwar order that forced all European empires to abandon their overseas colonies, embraced free trade, and made their markets open to American goods while opening their polities to American ideals. Essentially, Wilson wanted a postwar scenario in which all empires lost.”
With Christopher Nolan’s newest film, “Dunkirk,” being released, we must never forget the heroic last stand of the French First Army (numbering 40,000 troops) against 7 Nazi divisions at Lille.