Many observers maintain that military force was Theodore Roosevelt's foreign-policy tool of first resort. However, in the Caribbean he pursued a moderate policy designed to head off confrontations with powerful European navies.
Neither Theodore Roosevelt's critics nor his admirers have known quite what to make of his views on diplomacy and warfare, despite Roosevelt's voluminous writings on these subjects. "TR's" more bombastic statements-he once told an audience at the Naval War College "No triumph of peace is quite so great as the supreme triumphs of war"-lend themselves to the view that he lusted for martial glory.1
Roosevelt's Pursuit of a Temperate Caribbean Policy
By James R. Holmes