The recent activities in Nicaragua have brought before the public the policy of the United States. Or rather, it has made the average newspaper reader ask himself, “What is the Nicaraguan policy of the United States, and why is it so?” He reads of landing forces and of pitched battles, of debates in the Senate, and of investigations by the committee on foreign affairs. The naval and marine forces carry out the policy to the letter, and with an iron hand, regardless of whether or not the personal views of those officers agree with the policy. That is devotion to duty, love of country, and loyalty. It seems fitting that professional politicians, statesmen, and yellow journalists should develop a similar loyalty to country. I mean that when such a crisis arises personal gain and party devotion should be abandoned while the national policy is under discussion. I believe many of our public officers are, and have been, big enough to do just that. The following pages are based upon Nicaraguan history and personal observations in that country, not upon the discussions in Washington.
Politics and Economics in Nicaragua