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Re: Products of their place; not time
Technically, the US was a co-belligerent (and sign a statement of understanding with the UK, France and Italy to that effect) and not an ally of the UK, France and Italy. Thus, the US was free to reject the Treaty of Versailles and pursue its own treaties with the Central Powers.
Both treaty's were as bad as the other but were products of their time.
The American framework for negotiating the end of the war, Wilson's 14 Points, was entirely different than what came about.
The U.S. public opposed the Treaty of Versailles as being vindictive. Isolationists in the senate opposed the treaty due to the the League of Nations.
When WWI ended in on July 2, 1921, the U.S. and Germany, the treaty was much different in tone.
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