“We set this Nation up to make men free, and we did not confine our conception and purpose to America, and now we will make men free. If we did not do that, all the fame of America would be gone, and all her power would be dissipated.”

–Woodrow Wilson- the US President


Monroe Doctrine, foreign policy presented by President James Monroe in 1823, acted as a torch for the American foreign policy, until 1917 when the then President Woodrow Wilson decided to join the First World War. The decision was taken when the German submarines did not stop from attacking the American merchant ships. After arising as a formidable force and an international player of prestige equal or greater than the European powers after the two world wars, Americans adopted the maxim put forward by Wilson in which he stated that it was the duty of the US to not only act as a beacon of liberty but also act like a crusader for the liberty of other people. The constitution of the US has vested much power to the office of President, including the formulation of foreign policy. However, over the years it has been observed that the U.S is itself in a dilemma that whether it should act as a beacon, being ‘the innocent abroad’ according to Mark Twain, for the rest of the world or be a crusader for the liberty of the others. The dilemma that the U.S faces is in itself is a problem for the rest of the world.