If Woodrow Wilson Played Poker, We Could Have Avoided World War II

By Dr. Al Schoonmaker

His mistakes at the Versailles Peace Conference to end World War I were so extreme that John Maynard Keynes, the twentieth century’s foremost economist, predicted in 1919 that the peace treaty would destroy Germany’s economy. This destruction indirectly led to Hitler’s rise to power, World War II, the Holocaust, Stalin’s domination of Eastern Europe, and many other disasters.

Wilson certainly didn’t want to destroy Germany. On the contrary, he wanted to create a new and better world, one based upon moral principles. His attempts to build heaven on earth led to the hell of Nazi Germany.

He inadvertently created this hell, not because he was evil, but because he was a well-intentioned fool. Keynes wrote: “Wilson was “a genuinely intentioned man… lacking that dominating intellectual equipment which would have been necessary to cope with the subtle and dangerous” negotiators for France and England, Clemanceau and Lloyd George.1 Winning poker players are neither well-intentioned, nor foolish. They have a “take no prisoners” attitude and are ruthlessly realistic.


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