American Foreign Policies: An Examination and Evaluation of Certain Traditional and Recent International Policies of the United States

By James Wilford Garner | Go to book overview

PPREFACE

IN these lectures I have discussed some of the foreign policies of the United States, particularly from the point of view of how far our practice has been one of isolation and detachment and how far one of concerted action with the other nations for the achievement of objects of common interest to the world. More especially, I have endeavored to evaluate the contribution which our country has made to the common effort for the promotion of the cause of international peace, mutual friendship, and the advancement of the general interests of the community of States. I am aware that the international policy which the United States has pursued since the World War, the view which has been officially adopted regarding its duty as a co-operating partner with the other nations, and the character of the contribution which it has actually made, are matters of passionate controversy among our own countrymen. Happily for the American who undertakes to assess the foreign policy of the United States since the War, the controversy is, politically speaking, by no means partisan, since among those who have felt that our contribution has not been entirely commensurate with the national duty and opportunity, or even in accordance with our traditional idealism, are to be found many eminent leaders of the political party which has controlled the foreign relations of the country since 1920.

It was the wish of the distinguished citizen who generously provided for these lectures that they might be made the occasion for the inculcation of high moral standards and obligations in the politics of our beloved country. It is with that thought in mind that I have examined some of the international policies of the United States, measured its duty and obligation as a State whose mate-

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