The U.S. has always seemed to be up to its neck in foreign policy, and 1898-1945 was no exception.The Spanish-American war was the starting point of U.S. foreign policy and World War II was the ending point for the U.S.'s foreign policy of this time period.Along with those wars and World War I another thing other than fighting that was apart of the U.S.'s foreign policy was the Panama Canal.
In the Spanish-American war President William McKinleyfirst tried to be a moderator between the Spanish and the Rebels in Cuba that were trying to gain their independence.Soon after McKinley tried to help the negotiations, Spain backed off and McKinley bowed under increasing pressure from the public and from the Congress to go to war with Spain for the freedom of Cuba.Here, atfirst, our foreign policy was mainly just diplomacy and seeking a truce between our fellow nations, but then when Spain backed out and walked away from our open arms we turned to war.
In the Panama Canal we did that mainly for our own benefit even though it would benefit just about every major country that did any type of trade.To get the rights to build the Panama Canal the U.S. got permission from Britain to go ahead with building the Canal independently.So the U.S. government decided on running the canal through Panama, but that was controlled by Columbia, who wanted more money than what the U.S. was willing to offer.So Panama revolted against Columbia and the next day the U.S. signed a treaty with Panama agreeing that Panama was a country and that the U.S. would build the Canal there.The U.S.'s foreign policy was this time more of a: nudge the other country along and help it in the right direction, which was the direction that would best suit our needs.
During the beginning of World War II we were again against getting involved with the war. It wasn't until Pearl Harbor that we decided to go to war.When we did our foreign …