Saladin Ambar writes: “That Woodrow Wilson and Wilsonianism are still seen as America’s moral vision to the rest of the world is an abiding legacy of the First World War.”
Would that were the case! To consider U.S. policy since the end of the Cold War, “America’s moral vision” leans toward militarized imperialism ineptly pursued. My guess is that Wilsonianism exercises less influence on the way others view the United States today than do Clinton-era claims of America as the “indispensable nation,” the Bush Doctrine of preventive war, and all the nonsense of the present administration.
I’m not a fan of Woodrow Wilson. But recent presidents make him look pretty good by comparison.