Saturday, April 26, 2008

Good Neighbor Policy

A symbol of America's Isolationism during the 1930's, the Good Neighbor Policy renounced "the use of military force and armed intervention in the Western Hemisphere." (America, pg. 782) This came while Germany was absorbing its neighbors by aggression and appeasement, and its belligerent antics were attracting allies in the form of Italy and Japan. It could be reasoned that Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who supported this diplomatic initiative, wanted no part in trying to put out the fires over seas when the country he was running was in the throes of the Great Depression, leading to this Isolationism. Also, America's role in World War One had become a sour issue, in part because some politicians were accusing that America's involvement in the war was done to fill the pockets of profiteers.

The Good neighbor policy also advocated friendship with Latin American countries, and in spirit put a stop to America's meddling with Cuba and other Latin American countries by repealing the Platt Amendment. America did, however, continue to influence these countries through economic pressures. And by keeping a base in Guantanamo Bay, America still maintained its presence in Cuba.