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Jack2
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Logan94
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Resolved: Current U.S. Foregin Policy in the Midddle East Undermines our National Security

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Started: 5/1/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Jack2

Pro

I stand in the firm affirmation of the resolution that current U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East undermines national security. Before we continue this debate, I would like to define some key terms.
Undermines: anything that weakens or affects the U.S. in an unfavorable way.
Middle East: the countries the U.S. department of State defines as middle east such as Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait,Lebanon, Libya, and Saudi Arabia.
Foreign Policy: How the United States interacts with other nations.
National Security: The protection of interests, which includes but, is not limited to, economically, politically, militarily, or anything that severely threatens the United States. Based on our observations, the only way for con to win this debate is to show that None of our current foreign policy affects the U.S. in any unfavorable way. Also have to prove that all our points are invalid meaning that they must show that advancement or affect is stopped, not just slowed down. As pro I only have to prove one thing that undermines our National Security that con can not rebut and is valid to win this debate. it must affect the U.S. Politically, economically, socially, or militarily but is not limited to this list in an unfavorable way and that as pro we do not have to prove that all countries in the Middle East pose a threat to the national security and we do not have to state any change to our current foreign policy just point out what is wrong. The first reason I stand in the affirmation of the resolution is that economically the Middle East can harm us and my second reason for my affirmation is that violent threats such as terrorism can greatly affect the United States in a negative way. And finally my last reason for our affirmation is that politically the Middle East poses a threat to the U.S.
Contention One: The Economy
My first contention is that economically the middle east can harm us. Trade in the Middle East is vital to our economy and losing it would affect the united states in many ways. Today I will be talking about three of the main issues. One major issue is that we will lose the resources that was once obtained threw that particular country. Oil is one of the backbones of our economy as a large quantity of it is used on a daily basis for multiple needs.There has been increasing economic pressure on the United States from the Middle East concerning oil. In 2011 we consumed 8.7 million barrels of gasoline a day according to the "Congressional Research Service". We receive 12.9% from the Persian Gulf and specifically we receive 8.1% from Saudi Arabia.(NPR). Another issue concerning oil is that it is referred to as a weapon of war as countries such as Iran are using their oil production to raise money for the nuclear program. Going on to our third main issue that goods produced domestically and exported to the Middle East are a much needed part of our economy as without them a larger trade deficit would come on to our ever growing one already. This trade deficit is an issue for our economy as we are not producing enough money than we need. This growing trade deficit is a large quantity of our already extremely high national debt. For these three reasons you can obviously see that our economy is playing a large part in today's debate as it undermines our national security.
Contention 2: Violent Threats
My second contention is that the United States is greatly threatened by violent acts towards the U.S. Terrorists is a widely known threat to our National Security. Yes throughout the years we have been able and capable to kill many main leaders of terrorist groups in the middle east and due to the fact we have killed their leader we have been more capable of stopping/preventing attacks to happen on US soil. Yes we completed all these acts but, if you recall our definition for National Security which is protection of the interests of the country or nation. This definition show that even though many of the large terroristic group leaders were killed or these acts of terrorism were contradicted they still posed a threat to our National security which is one reason why Con will have such a hard time supporting their argument today. Our current foreign policy is obviously ineffective as terroristic attacks and economy pushes threaten the undermine the U.S. Ever since Obama came to be president the Middle East has suffered more than 5 times the amount of drone attacks than when Bush was president. Civilians in these attacks are getting the worst end as typically only 13% of these drone attacks hit militant leaders of terrorist groups.

Contention 3-Politically
We are currently providing assistance and help to Israel and threw out the Middle East in other countries this creates and anti-american sentiment. People in these other areas of the Middle East you could say are jealous. They as the government want help from the the U.S. and are not happy that Israel receives a large quantity of help sent over to the Middle East each year. This anger and anti-american sentiment causes more problems for us than it is worth.

For reasons on our economy, violent threats and, political matters that are posed against the U.S. that I hope you vote a pro ballot.
Thank-you
Logan94

Con

Our foreign policy does not undermine our national security but makes us stronger as a nation. I am going to start by attacking my opponents contentions.
1. we are not at war with any middle eastern nations, and are in fact helping their governments build their army and fight terrorism themselves. we are creating bonds with countries like Iraq and Afghanistan by making them stronger and helping defend them. The policy in the middle east will not affect our trade because we are fighting terrorist organizations, not nations. Also I do not believe his first contention to be topical due to the fact this has nothing to do with our nation security but more trade and economic STABILITY not SECURITY.
2. Yes the United States is threatened by terrorists groups, and that is why we have the policy we have today. to defend ourselves against terrorist organizations like Al-Quad. We have prevented many terrorist attacks on American soil and have made a strong organization weaker and weaker. they used to control entire governments but now they are being pushed back into their caves by American forces. We can not stop now. We are making the world a better place, and trying to rid it of terror.
3. We need to support our allies in the middle east because they fight a much harder battle than we do as Americans. They have to deal with terrorists attacks on their nation, I am not stating that we haven't but they have had to more often, they help fight terrorism and are a great ally. We need to support Israel

We are safe right now because of our foreign policies. We fight the problem and don't just let it do whatever it wants.
This is common sense, and cast a neg ballot thank you
Debate Round No. 1
Jack2

Pro

Jack2 forfeited this round.
Logan94

Con

Our foreign policy makes our country safe. Vote con
Debate Round No. 2
Jack2

Pro

Jack2 forfeited this round.
Logan94

Con

i ask for a con ballot seeing how my opponent does not want to debate
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Logan94 4 years ago
Logan94
will someone please vote con so i dont tie to someone who didnt even debate?
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