Theodore Roosevelt once made a crack which summed up U. S. policy in Latin America in the days of Manifest Destiny: "I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the Canal does also." Last week Franklin Roosevelt, fast losing the sunburn he acquired in the Caribbean not far from the Panama Canal, may well have foreseen trouble for his Good Neighbor Policy in the tiny Republic of Panama.

Under the benign auspices of Theodore Roosevelt and his Secretary of State John Hay, Panama proclaimed a republican constitution...

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