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pathway to political independence as soon as stable government could be established. b. Correct answer. President Wilson resisted the demands of American property owners in 1913 to send U.S. military forces into Mexico to topple the bloody, oppressive, and anti-American government of Victoriano Huerta because of his moral qualms about material interests determining U.S. foreign policy. Nevertheless, President Wilson’s moral revulsion at the murderous rule of General Huerta, led the president to permit American arms to be sold to General Huerta’s primary political opponents, Venustiano Carranza and Francisco (Pancho) Villa, in order “to teach the South American republics to elect good men.” Finally, President Wilson displayed his moralistic approach to U.S. foreign policy during the Tampico Affair in April 1914. In this affair, President Wilson’s moral indignation over the failure of Mexican forces to provide a twenty-one gun salute to American naval forces, following a minor military incident with Mexican forces, led the president to seize the Mexican port of Vera Cruz and nearly ignite a full-fledged shooting conflict with Mexico. c. President Wilson disdained a realistic approach to foreign policy practiced by European powers because he believed it neglected to take into account the importance of upholding universal moral principles such as democracy, political self-determination, and guaranteeing the political independence and territorial integrity of all countries, regardless of their size. Moreover, Wilson believed that a realistic approach to foreign policy led countries to build up their economic and military power to the point where they became inherently aggressive in seeking material riches or territorial conquest. d. Wilson rejected isolationism as a dereliction of the duty of a great power such as the United States to pursue idealistic goals such as the worldwide promotion of democracy, the removal of economic barriers, reducing military armaments, self-determination for oppressed minority groups, and preserving peace and security in the world. In addition, Wilson feared American isolationism would permit power-crazed autocrats and militarists to seize control of territory, waterways, and key economic interests that would undermine long-term American national security. e. Wilson distrusted a balance of power approach to foreign affairs because it required countries to engage in an amoral balancing of international political politics through a shifting network of entangling (sometimes secret) alliances
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that had produced several European wars when unanticipated events or violent incidents required these military alliances to be invoked. Question 10 a. President Wilson declined to send U.S. armed forces into Mexico in 1913 when the revolutionary government of General Huerta threatened to seize American property and economic interests.
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