Spain–United States relations - Wikipedia
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Advocates of an assertive foreign policy, like Alfred Thayer Mahan and Theodore Rooseveltargued that growing American economic power needed to be protected by a more assertive diplomacy backed by a more powerful military. Cuba represented an opportunity for the United States to show its growing power. Idealists believed that self-determination required American intervention to end one of the last—and, they argued, one of the most brutal—vestiges of colonialism in the New World.
In short, a number of factors converged to revive Spanish-American enmity. When the battleship Maine suffered an explosion and sank on 15 Februarymost Americans were more than eager to pin the blame on Spain, in defiance of all logic. Spain ardently hoped to keep the United States out of the conflict, not to give it a pretext for intervention. On 25 April Congress declared that a state of war had existed between the United States and Spain since 21 April, despite the fact that the Spanish had already agreed to most of the American demands.
In a matter of months, the fighting was over, and Spain had suffered a tremendous defeat, losing the last major remnants of its once worldwide empire. Spain ceased to be an imperial world power, and the United States became one. Reversal of Fortune This reversal of the two nations' positions initially led to a diminishment of the importance of Spanish-American relations.
Early in the new century, Americans were focused on events in Asia and the Western Hemisphere, precisely the areas from which Spain had been expelled. When World War I broke out inboth nations declared their neutrality. While Spain's caution led it to maintain that stance throughout the war, in the expanding interests of the United States drew it into the conflict and tentatively into European power politics, thus setting the scene for the next stage in Spanish-American relations.
Just as the American Revolution posed a dilemma for the Spanish, so too did the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in for the Americans. The rebellion of Francisco Franco and his generals against the Spanish republican government was a microcosm of the ideological ferment of interwar Europe.
Franco received assistance from Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, and the Republicans received assistance from the Soviet Union. Most democracies, including the United States, observed a formal neutrality that had the effect of dooming the Spanish government to defeat.
Franco remained technically neutral throughout World War IIbut he favored the Axis when it seemed in command early on and tipped back toward the Allies as the war drew to a close. American policy during the war was to buy Spain's neutrality by overpaying the Spanish for goods with military significance such as tungsten in order to keep the Spanish nonbelligerent and the supplies out of German hands.
Citing the role played by the Axis powers in Franco's rise to power, in early Franklin Roosevelt declared that the United States could not have normal relations with his government. The United States joined its allies in barring Spain from the United Nations and recalled its chiefs of mission from Madrid. Franco blunted American pressure to yield power to a more democratic regime by appealing to growing concern about the Soviet Union.
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While his quasi-fascist regime remained an international pariah, American leaders gradually reached the conclusion that Franco was preferable to a potential communist government in Spain. The United States did not include Spain in either its economic or military plans for western Europe the Marshall Plan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organizationbut after the outbreak of the Korean War in JuneSpain's potential military value in a European war against the Soviets overrode the Truman administration's ideological aversion to Franco.
The rehabilitation of Franco culminated in the Pact of Madrid, signed in September American automakers FordStudebakerand General Motors provided a total of 12, trucks to the Nationalists. Although not supported officially, many American volunteers such as the Abraham Lincoln Battalion fought for the Republicans, as well as American anarchists making up the Sacco and Vanzetti Century of the Durruti Column.
Edgar Hoover persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt to ensure that former ALB members fighting in U. Forces in World War II not be considered for commissioning as officers, or to have any type of positive distinction conferred upon them.
World War II[ edit ] Main article: While officially non-belligerent untilGeneral Franco's government sold considerable material, especially tungsten, to Germany, and purchased machinery.
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Meanwhile, tens of thousands of exiled Leftist Republicanscontributed to the Allied cause. Thousands also volunteered in Blue Divisionwhich fought for the Axis.
As Germany weakened, Spain cut back its sales. From toAmerican historian Carlton J. Hayes served as President Roosevelt's ambassador to Spain.
He was attacked at the time from the left for being overly friendly with Franco, but it has been generally held that he played a vital role in preventing Franco from siding with the Axis powers during the war. Buchanan argues that Hayes made Spain into "Washington's 'silent ally. Spanish officials handed these papers over to German intelligence officials, who in turn placed an emphasis on troop placement and defense in Sardinia rather than the true target of allied invasion, Sicily.
Historian Emmet Kennedy rejects allegations that Hayes was an admirer of Franco. Instead he was "a tough critic of the caudillo's 'fascism'".
Hayes played a central role in rescuing 40, refugees — French, British, Jews and others from Hitler. He helped them cross the Pyrenees into Spain and onward to North Africa. He made Spain "a haven from Hitler. Eisenhower in Madrid in With the end of World War II, Spain suffered from the economic consequences of its isolation from the international community.
Spain was blocked from joining the United Nations, primarily by the large Communist element in France. By contrast the American officials "praised the favorable 'transformation' that was occurring in US-Spanish relations. Truman was a very strong opponent of Franco, calling him an evil anti-Protestant dictator comparable to Hitler and Mussolini. Truman withdrew the American ambassador but diplomatic relations were not formally brokenkept Spain out of the UN, and rejected any Marshall Plan financial aid to Spain.
A third topic might also be identified: The first of the controversies stems from the disputes that President Trump has provoked with his principal allies with his changes to US trade policy, including tariff barriers on various imported steel and aluminium-related products from the EU.
Originally, the European countries like other US allies, such as Canada were exempted from their application. Nevertheless, the tariffs were ultimately imposed, and the EU responded with reprisal tariffs on a range of US products, following the example of other countries like Canada and China.
It is no secret that President Trump going back at least to his election campaign has made trade issues and the fight against the trade deficit one of his most important banners. These differences were nowhere in plainer view than at the G7 meeting in Montreal on June While trade has been the central part of the debate on both sides of the Atlantic, questions of security, defence and values have also been present in the discussions.
In the field of security, the US criticisms of the scant defence spending among the European allies, and the concomitant US reticence to share the costs financial and human of different armed conflicts are not new —and were characteristic of a number of previous Administrations— and have stimulated the development of an option for an alternative defence relationship to NATO, based on a new European security and defence policy known as Permanent Structured Cooperation PESCO.
This new direction, observed with certain suspicion by the US, and even as much by NATO, is still subject to significant uncertainty regarding its reach and possibilities for materialisation as a realistic alternative to the US presence.
Some of the unilateral diplomatic decisions taken by the US have not contributed to an improvement in the transatlantic relationship. Prime examples include the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran —never mind the negative consequences for the security of the Middle East— and the sudden warming of relations with US allies like Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Despite the political will of European states like the UK, German and Franceand of the EU itself, to remain in the Iranian agreement to guarantee that it survives, without US participation —the key when considering the real implications of re-establishing sanctions— its survival will be difficult to maintain.
Shared values —the defence of human rights, and of liberal democracy as a form of government— have been a traditional asset of the transatlantic relationship. This traditionally shared pillar of identity is today nevertheless in crisis and subject to growing debate. Although the Trump Administration and the major EU leaders have contrary positions on the issue, it should be noted in this regard that it would be an enormous simplification of reality to maintain that such divisions only exist between Europeans and Americans.
Currently these disagreements on democracy, human rights and migration issues also exist between different domestic political forces in the US and within European states themselves; but the divisions are also there between European countries, with Germany and France on one side, and Italy, Austria and the countries of Eastern Europe on the other.
But even within Germany, the same divisions have affected the government, forcing it to work hard to maintain its complex political balance. As analysed elsewherethe bilateral relationship with the US has often been subject to political debate and has typically been at the centre of most major disagreements in Spanish foreign policy including the referendum on NATO and the debate over the Iraq war.
There was a cold personal relationship between President George W. Since then, the bilateral relationship has remained on cordial terms.