Travis, Martin B.; Watkins, James T.
April 1959
Foreign Affairs;Apr1959, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p407
The article presents information about the usefulness of American Panama Canal policy. From the outset the strategic value of the Canal to the U.S. has been regarded by American leaders as of first importance. More than three decades before the Canal was completed President Rutherford B. Hayes advised the Senate: Its relation to the power and prosperity as a nation, to the means of defense, unity, peace and safety, are matters of paramount concern to the people of the U.S. Towards the turn of the century the need Since World War II, a great deal has happened to depreciate the strategic significance of the Canal. Its military value has been reduced both by technological developments and by new Strategic concepts. Moreover, the industrial development of the west coast has diverted petroleum products to local consumption. A consulting board of engineers reported in 1904 that it is well-nigh impossible to provide effectually and always against such peril. In consequence, the dream of a less vulnerable, sea-level canal was never quite forgotten.


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