Arrogant diplomacy: U.S. policy toward Colombia 1903-1922 by Richard L. Lael

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Economics and World Power: An Assessment of American Diplomacy since 1789 (New York: Colombia University Press, 1984), 174. Page xviii 3. Comment attached to a 20 June 1907 cable from Bogotá, Numerical and Minor Files, 190610, Department of State, Record Group 59, vol. 582, 7804, National Archives, Washington, DC (author's emphasis). 4. 21/535 (hereafter cited as SD, followed by decimal file number). 5. Haley, Revolution and Intervention: The Diplomacy of Taft and Wilson with Mexico, 19101917 (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1970); Smith, The United States and Revolutionary Nationalism, 19161932 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972).

Colombian efforts to resolve the 1903 diplomatic dilemma? S. foreign policy toward Colombia reveal about subsequent historical perceptions of the Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson administrations? These and other questions are discussed in the following study. Writing in 1984, William H. Becker concluded that economic interests "were not generally the primary consideration in the conduct of foreign policy" at the highest decision-making levels in the United States during the first two decades of the twentieth century.

In 1903, for example, Roosevelt defended his naval assistance to Panama, his guarantee of its independence, and his opposition to Colombia's recapture of its errant department by citing a Page xiii "mandate from civilization" to have the United States build an isthmian canal. When, in his view, the "jack rabbits" in Bogotá refused to ratify an isthmian agreement acceptable to the United States, his administration was honor bound to aid a ''newly independent" Panama to fulfill the mandate. S. S.

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