The Battle for Latin America

In September 1901, hundreds gathered at the Minnesota State Fair to hear from then Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt. He used the opportunity to discuss the topic of national duties and the inevitability of involvement with foreign adversaries. Roosevelt referred to a widely known adage “speak softly and carry a big stick,” suggesting that only through the ability of the United States to substantiate its claims through action would it continue to see success. Today, the United States’ national interests demand an ability to balance stated political objectives with the physical means and willingness to achieve them.

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