A government formed by Dr. Carlos de Céspedes when Machado abdicated inspired the revolt led by Batista. Although Machado and his death squads were gone, public unrest continued. Roosevelt dispatched two American warships to the region as a show of strength and to have forces at the ready to protect American-owned property on the island. However, they were under strict orders to not interfere. Of course, no one on the island was certain of that. Thus, America's Ambassador was able to impose his solution to the problem. All the Cubans needed, he reasoned, was an election to dispel public unrest over their displeasure with de Céspedes' government. It appears that the only thing more unpredictable and uncertain than Cuban politics was America's unpredictable and uncertain policies towards the island.
The several warring factions in Cuba could agree on just one thing: Whoever wrested control of the island needed American recognition and support. That could be won only by satisfying Welles' criteria for good government. As they jockeyed for advantage, unrest grew among the revolutionary factions. Impatient for a solution, the Cuban military abrogated the process by acting unilaterally.