Wilson v. Clinton
President Woodrow Wilson firmly believed that the only plausible way of achieving peace would be through a global effort. He believed that in order to prevent another world war in other countries from happening, the world would need to collaborate and communicate. President William Clinton’s vision for international peace was similar to Wilson’s. However, Clinton believed more in American leadership, and that the United States would become the world’s “peacekeeper.” When comparing the two speeches of the presidents, and what the speeches reveal about their ideas for the country, it becomes evident that Clinton’s speech about global involvement was extremely Wilsonian; however, his vision of Americas role in this “global union,” was not.
In Clinton’s State of the Union address, he claims “The threat we face today as Americans respect no nation’s borders. We must not be isolationists.” This is a key example of how Clinton’s speech is Wilsonian. In this statement, Clinton is explaining that the problems the United States is facing affect not only the U.S., but have a sphere of influence that engulfs the entire globe. In Wilson’s speech, he says, “All the peoples of the world are in effect partners in this interest.” Looking between the two statements, it is evident that both men saw the problems they were facing as global. Clinton’s statement that the threats “respect no nation’s borders” is a Wilsonian claim; through this statement, he is encouraging the idea of a “global community” benefit of perimeters.
Clinton’s speech is also Wilsonian in that it shows support for a concept Wilson often spoke for; the idea of American in the global community. In his speech, President Clinton says, “We must not be the world’s policemen. But we can and should be the world’s best peacemakers.” Similarly, President Wilson often plays the U.S. in a position of ‘leading’ the rest of the world. Due to the extent of the U.S.’s effect of the outcome of World...