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Resolved, that the United States put a greater emphasis on combating drug smuggling along the Mexican border.

The crime rate along the Mexican border today is higher than ever. The U.S. Justice department considers this drug smuggling the greatest organized crime threat to America. During Calderón’s presidency, the Mexican government has spent $7 billion dollars in the fight against drugs. He argues that because this problem is occurring between two nations that both should help pay in this fight. In 2008, the U.S. congress passed a legislation called the Merida Initiative, a three year plan providing $1.6 billion dollars to train and equip law enforcements in Mexico and central America. The number of cities in the U.S. that have Mexican drug cartels raised from 100 in 2006 to 200 in 2009. The question is: will greater emphasis on this conflict improve it?

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Resolved, that the US historically hinders democracy more than it promotes on an international level.

The United States has occupied a position of respect and responsibility as one of the most powerful countries, historically in the Western Hemisphere and, more recently, in the world. Although the world’s oldest modern democracy, the United States has a mixed record supporting democracy in the world. In WWII, the US fought to suppress European fascism and restore democracy. We have advocated greater democracy in Asia and supported South Korea in the face of communism. However, the US also supported numerous Latin American dictatorships in the name of economic self-interest and communist eradication.  America’s influence in the world is undeniably great, but does our country promote or discourage the very ideals on which it was established?

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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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esolved, that the US increase the naval presence in the Pacific to counter Chinese naval influence.

China is one of the fastest growing economic powers in the world and is beginning to assert its growing power on the region, especially the smaller nations in the South Pacific. China has built 60 warships and 860 vessels in the last ten to protect its shipping lanes and ports, a job that the US has occupied since the end of WWII.  The US has increased its naval presence to counter Chinese firepower in the Pacific, but some argue that the increases have been minimal and ineffectual. Many have expressed concern that, unless the US projects more power, the Chinese will have superiority in the Pacific in just a few decades. Recently, China has had a spat with its neighboring countries in over control of the South China Sea. Consequently, many South Asian countries have implicitly expressed their desire for an increased US presence. Is this our opportunity to solidify our position in the East?

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