Originally Posted by samneanderthal
American public. They would be far more concerned if football players went on strike, than if China recovered part of its territory
The Monroe doctrine didn't prevent Russia from owning Alaska, France from invading Mexico or Spain from owning Cuba (until the beginning of the 20th century). It is just as easy to make agreements and policies as it is to ignore them when real danger threatens.
1st comment is only too true, or "American Idol"!
Monroe Doctrine was to prevent further European expansion in S.A. & to encourage independance, Alaska wasn't in the picture then. Cuba was an exisisting Colony. The US was distracted with the War between the States when France invaded Mexico, but the US did send guns to the opposition groups.