excerto de diálogo entre Sir Edward Grey com o Embaixador dos EUA, W.H.Page, sobre a questão mexicana, em 1913:
Grey - Suppose you have to intervene, what then?
Page - Make'em vote and live by their decisions.
Grey - But suppose they will not so live?
Page - We'll go in again and make'em vote again.
Grey - And keep this up two hundred years?
Page - Yes. The United States will be here two hundred years, and it can continue to shoot men for that little space till they learn to vote and to rule themselves.
The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Burton J. Hendrick