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The 1823 Monroe Doctrine placed all of North and South America off limits for new European colonization. It asserted that the United States might resort to war against any European nation that interfered with the independence of newly formed states in Central and South America that had emerged from rebellions against Spanish or Portuguese colonization:

“But with the Governments who have declared their independence and maintain it, and whose independence we canada goose outlet vancouver have, on great consideration and on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by any European power in any other light than as the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States.”

In 1846, President James K. Polk justified the Mexican American canada goose outlet in montreal War to expand our borders by falsely asserting that an American soldier had been killed on American soil by the Mexican military. General Ulysses S. Grant condemned the war as “wicked” in his War Memoirs.

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The 1898 Spanish American War was fought to expand our sphere of influence in the Caribbean and the Pacific. We acquired the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico. We occupied Cuba militarily until it enshrined the conditions of the Platt Amendment in the Cuban Constitution.

The United States intervened militarily in Panama from 1903 1914 to secure its independence from Colombia, and to negotiate a treaty to construct and exercise sovereignty over the Panama Canal.

From 1914 1917, the United States intervened militarily in Mexico, including the capture of Vera Cruz and General John Pershing’s northern expedition, in response to Pancho Villa’s raids.

The United States occupied Haiti militarily from 1915 1934 in response to chronic political instability there.

We occupied the Dominican Republic militarily from 1916 1924 in response to threatened insurrections that threatened our interests.

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In 1983, we invaded Grenada to oppose a Marxist government.

From 1994 1996, the United States dispatched troops to Haiti in the name of restoring democracy. “Haitian democracy,” however, has been an oxymoron for two centuries.

Contrary to conventional wisdom or intuition, spheres of influence claimed by great powers are superfluous to their national security. Its backbone is the willingness of peoples to fight and die for their country. The Vietnam War is exemplary.

Spheres of influence persist, nevertheless, for twofold reasons: canada goose outlet mississauga they gratify tribal cravings for domination; and, their optical effect, like a placebo, is to make citizens of great powers feel safer.

In any event, we should not risk war with Russia or China over spheres of influence which we are canada goose outlet uk unwilling to renounce for ourselves. Neither should we lecture them for following our instruction. The optimal solution is peaceful co existence that acknowledges the inevitability of spheres of influence an affirmation of Immanuel Kant’s gospel that, “Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.”.