@Nikolai: Yeah, but that removes the potential for America to gain its own glory.
@Doombunny: That sounds about right.
@Undead-Hippie: Yeah, I'm goin' after the Ottomans. And I've found a nice little alternative to Gallipoli which you will soon see...
@Soulstrider: Yeah but the strategic importance is not as important as the political value
@Nathan Madien: I appreciate the good will, and yes, this Wilson is going to be a little OOC, maybe he has a mild case of the Rage Virus or something.
@WSoxFan86: I can't get naval superiority for the moment so both X and, sadly G are off the table.
National Strategic Policy Directive 0012
Since Wilson had resolved to involve the United States in Europe, the very real problem of which troops would be used presented itself. After all, the United States possessed relatively paltry armed forces and many of these were already omitted. The regular infantry divisions in the Philippines could not be moved for fear of local unrest and the forces along the Mexican border and the First Field Army in Veracruz need to stay to protect the border from the civil unrest. This commitment was especially galling to Wilson as it required the presence of three full infantry divisions, the only cavalry division in the U.S. Army and the California and Texas National Guards. What's more, to full cover the border would require at least two more divisions. These commitments meant that the United States could only muster six infantry divisions for use in offensive operations in the opening months of the war. The only other significant land forces available to Wilson were the National Guards. It was after McCormick had presented these figures to the president that he made a radical suggestion, to re-arm and retrain the National Guardsmen as regular infantry for possible use in Europe. Further, he suggested that Wilson order the Governors of Nebraska and Iowa to deploy their National Guards to the long stretch of unsecured border which ran from El Paso to Yuma. Wilson recognized that the threat of Mexican incursions would be enough to sell the idea of a retrained National Guard to the American public, especially since forces under the infamous Pancho Villa and the quasi-Socialist Emeliano Zapata and their allies the Constitucionalistas appeared to be on the verge of victory over the legitimate Mexican government.
The minutes then record that Wotherspoon spoke up and suggested that a series of forts be built along the Mexican border, both to house the border guards and to prevent incursions. The idea was received with skepticism by Mitchell, who had been petitioning Wilson to cancel the already in progress fortification of Veracruz in favor of a larger airforce. In fact, he had recently returned from his regular command in Austin where he commanded the only actual air squadrons in the USAAF at the time, the USAAF First Joint Strike Squadron. His vision was a series of combined fighter-tactical bomber air units to catch the Mexican raiders in the desert and bomb and strafe their formations out of existence. He accused Wotherspoon of being "so behind the times that he still finds muskets suspiciously modern". Although Wilson protected Mitchell from the consequences of his temper, a clique of high-ranking officers including Wotherspoon were plotting to remove him as soon as they could. But the army brass' growing distaste for Mitchell was yet to reveal itself, the assembled still sided with Wotherspoon. The final results were recorded in a document called National Strategic Policy Directive 0012 or NSPD12, the National Strategic Policy directive was a creation of Wilson, the first eleven had mainly dealt with the occupation of Veracruz, but from this moment on, the National Strategic Policy Directives were to play a critical role in defining America's defense spending, research, troop deployments and eventually, the operation of her military. NSPD12 called for a complete overhaul of all National Guard units, the construction of fortifications on the Mexican Border and the creation of twenty heavy artillery brigades to complement the newly upgraded National Guards.