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kingkd
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Us foreign policy aims to promote democracy

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Started: 5/19/2015 Category: Politics
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byb263

Con

Although we like to to regard ourselves as champions of liberty and leaders of the free world, politicians use such excuses to justify interventionism in foreign countries. Time and time again, the United States government has backed military coups and invaded foreign countries so as to align with US investors interests. Recent examples which have been publicised as opposed to past interventions such as the war in Irak prove that money is what drives us to intervene, to invade and set up institutions that will enable us to enrich ourselves.
kingkd

Pro

http://politics.as.nyu.edu...
" Because the United States is the most frequent and most powerful democratic intervener and because it is the intervener that readers of this journal have the best prospect of influencing, we highlight U.S. patterns of action. "

http://www.cfr.org...
"After World War II, the United States played a significant role in deepening and widening democracy in Western Europe. The United States encouraged European integration to stabilize the West European democracies, and NATO was a bulwark within which Italy, West Germany, Portugal, and Spain democratized. Later, after the Cold War, the twin institutions of NATO and an integrated Europe together created powerful incentives for emerging East European democracies to join Western multilateral institutions."

We clearly intervene to promote democracy in the US
Debate Round No. 1
byb263

Con

At the end of World War II, american planners of foreign policy (State department, Council on Foreign Relations) agreed that the dominance of the United States had to be maintained as is explained by Noam Chomsky. As a result, George Kennan who headed the state department planning staff until 1950 writes:

"We have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity .To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and daydreaming and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives ... We should cease to talk about vague and ... unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards and democratisation. "
kingkd

Pro

kingkd forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
byb263

Con

byb263 forfeited this round.
kingkd

Pro

I am the only one who has sources.

Con never proves that our foreign policy has not promoted democracy, while I provide examples such as in the Middle East (we set up democracies in there).
Debate Round No. 3
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