The Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gave the U.S. control pf the Panama Canal Zone. Taft's policy of "dollar diplomacy" promoted
American financial and business interests abroad. In Wilson's approach to foreign affairs could be described as a moralist.
At the beginning of World War I, Americans generally accepted neutrality. At the beginning of World War I, Great Britain sought
to restrict American trade with Germany. The 1915 German sinking of the Lusitania cost 128 American lives and enraged the
American public. The Zimmermann Telegram proposed an alliance between Germany and Mexico. In forming his deegation for
the Paris Peace Conference, Wilson wanted a group he could control. One of Wilson's major goals at Paris was to found a League
of Nations to enforce peace. The irreconcilables were fourteen Republican senators who steadfastly opposed every aspect of
the League of Nations.