The Spanish and American War in 1898 was as a result of the existing conflict between Spain and the United States which lead to an end of the Spanish colonial rule in America. Consequently, the United States acquired territories in the Latin America and Western Pacific. Nonetheless, the War began in 1895 as a result of Cuban struggle for self-rule and independence from Spain. Therefore, this paper seeks to highlight major arguments of the Spanish and American War of 1898. Why the Expansion and Foreign Intervention Seem Logical Next Step for Americans Based on the military perspective, the Spanish and American War of 1898 was not a monumental war because it was brief and it involved a few battles making it easier for the U.
S to gain dominance in the better part of the war. However, the expansion and foreign intervention played a major role and consequently seemed a logical next step for the Americans.
This is because it brought about major historical significance to the U.
S. For instance, foreign intervention signaled the emergence of Americans as the supreme power across the world platform of diplomacy and international relations. As a result, the expansion and foreign intervention lead to rapid industrialization and economic growth transitioning the U.S to a vibrant role in world affairs. America’s historic values consist of three pairs of benefits which include but not limited to equality, individual freedom and hard work. Thus, the expansion and foreign intervention during the Spanish and American war is linked to America’s historic values to determine the distinctive culture of America and its citizens.
This entails the basic rights and responsibilities of each person with regards to individual freedom, equality of opportunity and self-reliance and willingness to complete work and finally hard work.
Cuba’s efforts to get rid of the Spanish out of its territory was a long struggle. This is because most parts of Cuba were characterized by constant conspiracies from the Cubans with the aim of gaining independence from the Spanish. Thus, the U.S intervened in Cuba because the Cuban’s efforts to free themselves from Spain and their vigorous 1868-1878 independence struggle termed as the Ten Year’s War had failed. Additionally, some of the economic and strategic groups in the U.S had demonstrated an interest in Cuba and the American Navy had got to the point of being able to fight the Spanish.
The American troops adopted guerrilla tactics, hit-and-run tactics, sabotage and selective murders during the combat. I support and believe this sort of use of American troops was relevant, appropriate and strategic in nature. The tactics were aimed to wear down the Spanish causing them to give up and to ensure victory and consequently restore the independence of the Cubans. Thus, there are no geographical limits to where the US should intervene in these sorts of conflicts. This is because its intervention is geared towards ensuring peaceful coexistence among people and for the general good of countries with various sorts of conflicts. American Interests American interests are new and independent voice demonstrating the broad theme of foreign policy, global economics and international affairs of the U.S in the global platform. Thus, the American interests are not only about power, but also the purpose.
Therefore, the American interests do not focus primarily on the political aspects alone, but also the society from which those politics arise. As a result, American interests are served by American interests served by allowing a European nation to control neighboring countries. The continued occupation of the U.S in Cuba was an extension of America’s original reasons for entering Cuba. This is because the significance of the continued occupation of the U.S in Cuba was geared towards the general good of both countries. Thus, it was basically meant to safeguard the Cuban’s independence and consequently reserve the right to intervene in case of threats of foreign power. Therefore, the Platt Amendment was an extension of America’s original reasons for entering Cuba. Similarly, the of the Philippines by the United States was not a violation of America’s reasons for going to war against Spain, but rather an extension. This is because the American annexation helped the Philippines achieve their dreams and restore their independence. Additionally, it was a necessary and appropriate decision as it makes easier for the freeing of Philippines from the devastating Spanish forces and putting an end to the Spanish’s unjust anarchical government.