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Resolved, that the United States’ use of military force to prevent nuclear arms acquisition in Iran.

As one of the cornerstones of President Obama’s foreign policy, he wants to disarm all nuclear weapons in Iran. So far Iran has rejected all attempts for bilateral negotiations. When information leaked about Iran being involved with uranium enriching plants, they blatantly violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. With the threat of nuclear weapons in a particularly unstable nation, is it the right time to interfere with this process? What are the possible consequences of this kind of military action?

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Resolved, that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a denial of constitutional rights.

“Don’t ask, Don’t tell” is a law enacted in 1993 that mandates the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual service men and women. According to Zogby International 2006 survey, 74% of military personnel are comfortable serving alongside gays and lesbians. Even 58% of conservatives are in support of the repeal of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” according to the Gallup poll from 2009. It is believed to be an invasion to the freedom of speech in the First and Fifth Amendment and because it infringes on the sections stating: “Nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Is denial to serve your country an infringement of constitutional rights? What could the United States gain by repealing this act?

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Solution Session: How can the U.S. prevent the spread of terrorism without the use of military force?

After the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, there has been a growing fear about terrorism and as a result there have been efforts to prevent it. In a study at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the University of North Carolina, several professors have found that building Mosques deter Militant Muslims and terrorist actions mostly through youth groups that sponsor anti-violence forums. However, acts of terrorism are not limited to the Muslim population; most are from intolerance in one form or another. Many of the number of steps we could take in the prevention of terrorism are in plain sight, others in places you’d least suspect. But, can we take them correctly and effectively?

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Resolved, that the United States cease use of private military contractors.

With the sudden need for American troops at the start of the Iraq war, private military contractors were hired by the United States government to fill the gaps. They help with war efforts, but are not under the same classification of the military, so these men and women are not in uniform while fighting. While it has been difficult to regulate the decisions and actions of these companies, many contend that they play a crucial role. Today, there are more private contractors in Afghanistan than classified military members. Should the government take action to ensure standards for these contractors?

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Resolved, that the US government be prohibited from hiring mercenaries.

Mercenaries are commonly defined as any persons who take part in an armed conflict for financial gain. Current US municipal code prohibits US-hired contractors from using deadly force unless in self-defense Even so, recent controversy has built up against corporations such as Blackwater for their inability to follow such laws. In the past, the portrayal of mercenaries such as “Rambo-like” have led to a nation-wide movement to abolish the hiring of mercenaries Those in favor of mercenaries, however, point out that they have been key instruments of success and protection in various US conflicts. Although they are prevented from serving as combat troops, mercenaries are still a significant force on the battle field. The question of eliminating mercenary forces remains a decision to be made dealing with the question of the reliability of such troops.

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Resolved, that the US try all terrorists in the federal court system.

In the United States, all prisoners of war have the opportunity to stand trial in a special military
court. However, terrorists are denied access to the American legal system because they are not
considered to be foreign soldiers or POWs but, instead, enemy combatants and thus can be detained
without trial. Many critics of this policy state this policy is unjust and not in keeping with American
principles. Every prisoner in the US has a right to a fair and speedy trial, but terrorists do not.
Others argue that radical extremists should not be given the same rights as others because of
their danger to society, but critics of the policy cite examples of innocent men detained for years,
unable to prove their innocence in a court trial. Some argue that terrorists cannot be allowed in to
stand trial in civilian courts because they will be acquitted based on technicalities, for example, the
arresting soldier not reading the terrorist their Miranda rights. Also, in such a chaotic environment
as a warzone, evidence may be hard to find. Should the US government play by the rules and risk
releasing guilty terrorists?

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Resolved, that the government reinstitute the ban on media coverage of fallen soldiers returning home

The United States federal government currently allows media to follow and write about fallen soldiers. Whereas the intention is meant to honor and publicize the funeral of the soldier, some fear that this publicity will work against the United States military, portraying our armed forces as weak and unable to protect its own soldiers, which could affect the general morale of the country and the men and women fighting on the forefront. Also, footage and media coverage of American casualties is seen as a possible source propaganda for the enemy side, proving our vulnerability. However, any possible move to stop the policy could be seen as a form of censorship. Overall, the effect that media coverage has on the war is an important factor and can not and should not be ignored.

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Resolved, that the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy be repealed

The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy (DADT) has long served since the Clinton Administration in giving the opportunities for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to serve in the military provided that keep their sexuality to themselves. The social stigma of homosexuality as imposed by religion and tradition remains heavily rooted, and many still hold malicious opinions toward people of different sexual orientations. DADT in turn preserves unit cohesion and protects homosexuals from harm. Removing DADT worsen inequality by providing grounds for the segregation of the military based on sexuality. Proponents of the resolution state that DADT perpetuates homophobia by forcing gays to hide their identities and dehumanizing them as somehow inferior. The military should strive for equality instead of spending millions in investigations and training their replacements. Allowing homosexuals to apply in the military would also eliminate the dilemma of personnel shortage. Is the United States capable of repealing the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy or would such decision ultimately threaten the integrity of the military?

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Resolved, that America reinstate the ban on media coverage of fallen soldiers returning home.

Recently, the Obama administration overturned the longtime Pentagon policy bars the media from covering the arrival of coffins carrying the military’s dead. Many critics feel that this change in policy weakens the privacy of families of dead soldiers. However, the Obama administration feels that allowing media coverage of fallen soldiers would put the war in perspective to the nation.
Pros
• May delay the time it takes for fallen soldiers to return to their families
• The ban is used as a shield for grieving families of fallen soldiers
• Many fallen soldiers are offloaded to an honor guard in Dover, Delaware and many families would feel an obligation to travel to this base during the ritual of the guard carrying the caskets of a plane. This travel would be logistically difficult and expensive for families of fallen soldiers.
Cons
• Americans would understand the true cost of the war
• Allows Americans to feel sympathy towards specific individuals who fought for them
• The family of a fallen soldier must first give permission to the media to cover the death of these soldiers

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