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Resolved: The United States should end Plan Colombia

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Started: 12/15/2016 Category: Education
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keziahcordell2

Con

The United States shouldn't end Plan Colombia
keziahcordell

Pro

I agree that we should put a end to Plan Colombia because the first thing a Government needs to make sure of, is that the people of the country are safe. That's THEIR job not the ours, but for the past 10 years we have been spending over ten billion dollars trying to help Colombia with their drug cartels but there is no evidence that its really making a difference. Nor does it benefit the people of the United States. The United states is already trillions of dollars in debt, so why spend money on benefiting other countries when we should be helping ourselves. What does making Colombia, cartel free do for us? According to Human Rights Activists Mike LaSousa the United States has steady defended Plan Colombia despite its failure in reducing the supply of cocaine.
Debate Round No. 1
keziahcordell2

Con

Its true that its their job to fix their economy but wasn't there a point in time where the United States wasn't looking so good so another country lended a helping hand and now look where we are. If the plan ends we wouldnt be the main place that it effects but we would be effected because the Colombian cartels would just grow bigger and there already is Colombian cartels that are making their way into the United States. So imagine what would happen if there wasn't anything to stop them, that's most likely what would happen if you got rid of the plan. Also it is benefiting the United States because if the plan stopped there would be more drugs, kidnapping, and murders. Your evidence that says there hasnt been reduction in the supple of cocaine could be outdated because theres evidence that says that murders decreased 45% since the plan started.
keziahcordell

Pro

The United States have been working very hard and doing a great job at keeping drugs out of the United States and if the plan ended the United States would be extra alert for drugs coming into the US. The people coming into the US who would cause "more drugs, kidnapping, and murders" would have to have a passport and be legal in the US. They could cross the border but I highly doubt they would illegally cross the border with drugs on them. My evidence saying that the plan failed at reducing the supply of cocaine is from 2016.
Debate Round No. 2
keziahcordell2

Con

If the United States has been doing such a good job keeping drugs and Colombian cartels out then why isn't the plan working as efficiently as we want it to? we are the head of Plan Colombia so if its so easy for us to do it then why isn't the plan working? If they're crossing the border they are already doing something illegal so what makes you think they wouldn't carry drugs on them too?
keziahcordell

Pro

The United States and Colombia are nothing alike so there's a reason that the plan is working as good as we want it to and another reason is that a big problem like stopping huge cartels doesn't just happen in a couple years maybe even 50. These cartels have been in the works for decades. Our security is becoming more high tech and advanced so less people are able to cross the border safely and without getting caught. If they had drugs on them they would probably go to prison for a very long time so if that isn't a sign i dont know what is.
Debate Round No. 3
keziahcordell2

Con

But the United States is the head of Plan Colombia so we use our strategy's to help them. We know the results aren't gonna be major over night but its been over 10 years and billions and billions of dollars and theres no evidence that it even did anything. People dont care if they get caught anymore, their drug addicts so they will do whatever for drugs, even if it means going to jail for a long time.
keziahcordell

Pro

It isn't the same situations though, we use different strategy's for different situations. One strategy doesn't work for many situations. The Colombian Cartels are so wide spread and powerful that it will probably never fully go away and 10 years isn't near enough for a business with so much power and years of being here.
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