1) If it weren't for France, there never would have been a U.S.
2) As someone who has a fairly strong grasp on U.S., Spanish, European and World history, I can't recall the US EVER doing anything which went very far in Spanish interests. Perhaps you'd care to elucidate. And
3) Just sayin'.
Well BDL, as a member of the oldest US democratic society still in existence I take umbrage and exception to your reference to France, since you have such a "fairly strong grasp on US" history look up "Forgotten Founders" and get back to me. If you can't find it I'll be happy to email you a copy.
2. Bueller, Bueller anyone? Spanish American War? With defeats in Cuba and the Philippines, and both of its fleets incapacitated, Spain sued for peace.
Hostilities were halted on August 12, 1898, with the signing in Washington of a Protocol of Peace between the United States and Spain. After over two months of difficult negotiations, the formal peace treaty, the Treaty of Paris, was signed in Paris on December 10, 1898, and was ratified by the United States Senate on February 6, 1899.
WWII Franco's regime of open support to the Axis Powers led to a period of postwar isolation for Spain as trade with most countries ceased. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, who had assured Franco that Spain would not suffer consequences from the United Nations (a wartime term for those nations allied against Germany), died in April 1945. Roosevelt's successor, Harry S. Truman, as well new Allied governments, were less friendly to Franco. A number of nations withdrew their ambassadors, and Spain was not admitted to the United Nations until 1955.
How did the US help them, The US let Spain off the proverbial hook by exhibiting unpopular catch and release instead of fillet and release!
When the Spanish Civil War erupted (in 1936) after the failed right-wing coup, Secretary of State Cordell Hull moved quickly to ban what would have been legitimate arms sales to the democratically elected Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic, forcing the Popular Front to turn to the Soviet Union for support.
The Nationalists, led by Francisco Franco, received important support from some elements of American business.
1.The American-owned Vacuum Oil Company in Tangier, for example, refused to sell to Republican ships and at the outbreak of the war,
2.the Texas Oil Company rerouted oil tankers headed for the republic to the Nationalist controlled port of Tenerife,and supplied gasoline on credit to Franco until the war's end. 3. American automakers Ford, Studebaker, and General Motors provided a total of 12,000 trucks to the Nationalists.
After the war was over, José Maria Doussinague, the undersecretary at the Spanish Foreign Ministry, said, "without American petroleum and American trucks, and American credit, we could never have won the Civil War.
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the ball is in your court....................care to volley?