American Foreign Policy

American Foreign Policy PS 123/PACS 130
Spring 2003
Monday and Wednesday 4-5:30
4 LeConte
Professor Crawford
202 Moses Hall
Office Hours: M 10-11:30


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"And one night late it came to me this way….. that we could not give them back to Spain—that would be cowardly and dishonorable,. . .that we could not turn them over to France or Germany—our commercial rivals in the Orient—that would be bad business and discreditable; . . . that we could not leave them to themselves—they were unfit for self-government, and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain’s was; and . . . that there was nothing left for us to do but “take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and Christianize them……And then I went to bed, and slept soundly.”
-----President William McKinley 1898

"After the war, our economic policy will be aimed at full employment and full utilization of a greatly enlarged industrial plant. These objectives, however, cannot be realized unless we find new outlets for products of farm and factory--outlets that will be steady and profitable after war demands have dropped off."
--------- U.S. Treausry Department report to President Roosevelt in 1944


"We have about 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population....In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity....To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives....We should cease to talk about vague and...unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."
--George Kennan, Policy Planning Papar 23, 1948

: “This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. . . we must guard against the acquisition of uinwarrented influence, whether sought or unsought by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
-----Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, January 17, 1961