The United States “goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” From a Fourth of July oration, 1821.
JQA was then James Monroe’s Secretary of State. He was laying out a policy which he felt was right, and which would also distinguish him in the crowded field of candidates for 1824. Henry Clay (Speaker) and John Calhoun (Secretary of War) wanted America to intervene in the Latin American revolutions which were happening at the time. Clay also wanted us to help the Greeks throw off the Turks. Adams’s line was: hold aloof from Latin America; keep Europe from intervening against the rebels; stay out of Europe altogether. The net result was the Monroe Doctrine, which Adams formulated.
See Chapter 6, America’s First Dynasty. [WARNING: PLUG ZONE]