As Palma's first term in office drew to an end, two other parties advanced candidates: The National and the Republican. When Palma announced that he was going to seek a second term, these two coalesced into a Liberal alliance and announced that they would not accept Palma's reelection. They proclaimed that they would not accept the results of an election that favored Palma and would resort to revolution to overthrow his government.
Theodore Roosevelt saw this as a failure of the Cubans to compromise which he held as essential to the effective functioning of government. Is it, really? He urged the Cuban Congress to intervene, but this only caused Palma to resign. As he left office, every member of his cabinet, the ones that were part of the succession of power in Cuba, resigned with him. Moderate supporters of Palma in the Congress refused to attend sessions and, thus, a quorum was prevented. The island was left without a government.
Thus, all of America's efforts to prepare the islanders for self-rule failed. Roosevelt blamed the failure on their inability to compromise. Is that why America's efforts to build new nations in Iraq and Afghanistan failed? Is it possible that compromise just isn't possible in some places or situations?