Why doesn't the US ever adopt the Treaty of Versailles?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 4, 2022, 12:36 am ad1c9bdddf
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Some of the reasons that the United States didn't enter the League were because of fears that if the United States became a party to the treaty, the United States would give up too much power under the League of Nations as well as fears that participation in the League would result in the U.S. being forced to appropriate resources toward an expensive organization at the behest of it's own ability to defend its own interests. The congress was opposed because of the many divisions that existed in Europe, which had fought wars of attrition for centuries, and congressional opponents feared national consequences of America, which was a staunch secular country at this time, becoming entangled in Europe's tangled political and actual wars. The fact that Europe had become even more complex because of the 1919 peace settlement added additional resistance from congress. Traditionally, the United States' was averse to engaging in commitments outside the Western Hemisphere. Another factor that was evident and contributed to a lack of will toward compromise between congress and President Wilson was the fact that the President and the chief opponent congressman Lodge had a extreme personal dislike of each other.
The insistence by opponents in Congress that steady U.S. cooperation with the League would lead to de facto membership also prevented the U.S. from working closely with Geneva. Because the American congress was adamant in their opposition of the Treaty of Versailles, Americans became disillusioned with the treaty, which diminished the initial public support for the League in the United States.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 4, 2022, 12:36 am ad1c9bdddf>