An adequate force will be sent at once in pursuit of Villa with the single object ofcapturing him and putting a stop to his forays. This can and will be done in entirely friendly aid of the constituted authorities in Mexico and with scrupulous respect for the sovereignty of that Republic
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The Punitive Expedition. Making the decision.
President Wilson convenes his cabinet, including his new, and pacifist, Secretary of War, to discuss responding to the Villista Raid on Columbus New Mexico. The decision is made to send in a relatively small expeditionary force into Mexico to punish the Villistas. Immediately following the meeting Wilson states: