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Declaration for War in 1917 Welcome fellow Senators We are here today to discuss what the United States should do following Germanys announcement of unrestricted submarine warfare and the sinking of the three American merchant ships A resolution is put forth in front of the senators The first section of the resolution says that The US Government authorizes President Wilson to use the Armed Forces of the Unit6ed States to wage war against the Nation of Germany The second section says that The US Congress supports the presidents request for a declaration of war against the Nation of Germany I fully agree with this resolution 100 I agree with war against Germany as I have said ever since the sinking of the Lusitania All this had started back in February of 1915 when Germany had stated its War Zone Policy They said that neutral ships may enter the war zone at their own risk President Wilsons reaction to this was that the United States will take action if American lives or property are destroyed In May of 1915 the Germans had torpedoed and sunk a British ship The Lusitania On that ship were 128 Americans that had been killed Instead of declaring war which I had wanted President Wilson sends out demands to the Germans He demands a formal apology from Germany money damages to the families of American victims that boarded the Lusitania and he had made a remark that said The US Government shall demand that the German Government pledge to follow international law with regard to the use of their submarines Any future violation of international law shall be regarded as a deliberately unfriendly action against the United States After this President Wilson asks for an increase in military spending but the Congress had refused The Germans abide by this for 10 months After these 10 months in March 1916 the Germans had sunk another ship the French fairy boat
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