The peace treaties Woodrow Wilson entered the war with a very idealistic vision of American’s mission. In his eyes, the purpose of the war was not to punish Germany or to gain wealth or territory for the U.S., but to create a new international order in which nothing like the Great War could ever occur again. Wilson hoped that WWI would be "the war to end all wars." Soon after the U.S. entered the war, however, Wilson learned that the other Allied governments did not share his views. He learned about secret Allied agreements to take territory from the Central Powers at the end of the war and to make Germany to pay enormous indemnities or reparations