William Borah, Speech in United States Senate, December
The first proposition connected with the proposed league is that of a tribunal to settle the matters of controversy which may arise between the different nations.
Will anyone advocate that those matters which are of vital importance to our people shall be submitted to a tribunal created other than by our own people and give it an international army subject to its direction and control to enforce its decrees? I doubt if anyone will advocate that.... If you do not do so, Mr. President, what will your league amount to? . . .
In its last analysis the proposition is force to destroy force, conflict to prevent conflict, militarism to destroy militarism, war to prevent war. In its last analysis it must be that if it has any sanction behind- its judgment at all. There is where the difficulty lies ....