WILSON SENDS STATEMENT OF U.S. WAR AIMS TO NEW RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 9, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson sent a communique to the new government of Russia making clear the war aims of the United States.
This communication was delivered for the President by David R. Francis*, United States Ambassador to Russia.
The war aims of the United States included...
"No terms must change hands except for the purpose of securing those who inhabit it a fair chance of life and liberty.
No indemnities must be insisted on except those that constitute payment for manifest wrong done.
No readjustments of power must be made except such as will tend to secure the further peace of the world and the future welfare and happiness of its people."
The President also stated that the United States was opposed to Germany's call for restoration of the 'status quo' before the war.
The President wrote...
"America seeks no material profit...she is fighting for no advantage or selfish object...but for the liberation of peoples everywhere from the aggressions of...force."
*David Rowland Francis (1850-1927) was born in Richmond, KY & graduated from Washington University in 1870. He served as Mayor of St. Louis, Governor of Missouri, Secretary of Interior & Ambassador to Russia.
"Wilson Tells Russians Why U.S. Makes War, Must Keep World Safe for People and the Free Nations", The Chicago Sunday Tribune, June 10, 1917.