June 17, 2007

Historical notes (i)

To most, America assumed the role of world power after the Second World War however, a promulgation by President Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), many years earlier, became one of the first steps toward establishing the United States, as a World Power.

Becoming known as the "Roosevelt Corollary", (to the Monroe Doctrine), it had the effect of making America a quasi international police force in the Western Hemisphere as early as the beginning of the last century.

At the time, Roosevelt's Annual message to Congress declared:

All that this country desires is to see the neighboring countries stable, orderly, and prosperous. Any country whose people conduct themselves well can count upon our hearty friendship. If a nation shows that it knows how to act with reasonable efficiency and decency in social and political matters, if it keeps order and pays its obligations, it need fear no interference from the United States. Chronic wrongdoing, or an impotence which results in a general loosening of the ties of civilized society, may in America, as elsewhere, ultimately require intervention by some civilized nation, and in the Western Hemisphere the adherence of the United States to the Monroe Doctrine may force the United States, however reluctantly, in flagrant cases of such wrongdoing or impotence, to the exercise of an international police power.

The year was 1904!

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1 comments:

Lauren said...

And that is why we get criticized. We care enough to help liberate nations from the hands of a dictator and the world scorns us. What would have happened had we not made the well-being of other nations our business? Europe would be overrun by Nazisim and Asia would be overrun with Communism.

So to every nation we have ever helped, you're welcome. I hope you realize all that we have done for you.