Post by Rich Rostrom Post by The Old Man
If the Germans can pull that off via maybe proving
that the Zimmermann Telegram is a phony
Except that the Zimmerman Telegram was entirely authentic,
and the British had irrefutable proof of that. The ZT was
transmitted in cipher using a US diplomatic cable which
ran to the US embassy in Denmark. Since all cables from
Germany to America had been cut by the Allies, the US allowed
Germany to use its cable as a courtesy, for diplomatic
purposes only, and with all messages transmitted in clear
by American operators. (The Germans schmoozed the US
Ambassador in Germany into allowing the ZT to go in cipher.)
What the Germans did not know was that the US cable passed
through a relay station at Land's End in England, where it was
monitored by British intelligence. The British were reading
the diplomatic cipher used (there may have been some additional
So the British could show the US the ciphertext (which the US
could verify from its own records), the cleartext, and the
cipher keys and procedure.
The real Velvet Revolution - and the would-be hijacker.
I'll go back to my original posit and say "what if the Germans get some diplomatic brains" and avoid the Zimmermann Telegram (and unrestricted submarine warfare)?
They could still send a diplomatic courier to offer those terms directly or not at all, your choice.