Military Commitments

Military Commitments

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Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its foreign military presence and/or foreign military commitments.
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[sc name="Top Ad on Every Product"]The following consists of the complete season release of cases and briefs from for the topic listed below. Upon purchase, you will have access to a Word Document containing each of the cases and briefs listed. NOTE: Notice the release dates at the footer of every page. It is strongly advised to check each hyperlink before running any piece of evidence in an official debate round.

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its foreign military presence and/or foreign military commitments.

Monument Introduction Articles
  • Early History of US Military Presence
    • “Quasi-War” with France: 1798-1800
    • 19th Century Overview
    • Spanish-American War: 1898
    • World War I: 1914-1918
    • “Banana Wars” 1898-1934
    • Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima: World War II
  • Post World War II
    • NATO & The Cold War
    • Korea
    • Expansion: Vietnam
    • The Carter Doctrine: 1980
    • Intervention in the 1980s
    • Persian Gulf War 1990-1991
    • The 1990s: Somalia and Yugoslavia
    • 9/11 and the War in Afghanistan
    • Iraq: 2003-2011
    • Intervention Under Obama
  • Case Summaries
  • Worksheet
  • Answer Key
Monument Cases, 2A Extensions and Negative Breifs
  1. Graveyard of Empires The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan
  2. No Blood for Oil The Case for revoking the Carter Doctrine
  3. Attack of the Drones The Case for Reforming Drone Warfare
  4. Let My People Go The Case for Reforming Military Aid to Egypt
  5. With Friends Like These The Case for Reform in Honduras
  6. Blowing the Horn The Case for Disengagement from the Horn of Africa
  7. Pie in the Sky The Case for Canceling NATO Missile Defense
  8. Lethal Legacy The Case for Removing NATO’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons
  9. Aurevior The Case for Leaving NATO
  10. UnPak The Case for Ending the Alliance With Pakistan
  11. Deal With the Devil The Case for Reforming the Alliance With Saudi Arabia
  12. Less Is More The Case for Withdrawal from South Korea
  13. Tug of War The Case for Reforming War Powers
Monument Midseason Supplement
  • ANTI-AMERICANISM – No Impact, No Solution
  • ARMS RACES - Not a problem
  • ATSUGI NAVAL AIR FACILITY – Better not shut it down
  • CEJA - Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act
  • CHINA BAD - Big threat
  • CHINA GOOD - No Threat, Confrontation won’t work
  • CNV-73 (USS GEORGE WASHINGTON)
  • DEFENSE BUDGET CUTS - bad
  • DEFENSE BUDGET CUTS – no problem
  • DEFICIT SPENDING DISAD
  • DRUG WAR – Good
  • GENERIC: HEGEMONY - bad
  • HEGEMONY – Good
  • HUMAN RIGHTS CRITERION - Not needed/ Won’t work
  • INTERVENTION – bad
  • INTERVENTION – Good
  • IRAN - Big Threat
  • IRAN - NO THREAT
  • ISRAEL - Doesn’t need more U.S. support
  • JAPAN MILITARY ALLIANCE/PRESENCE – good
  • MILITARY BASE CLOSURES - BAD
  • NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION - BAD
  • NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION - Not a problem
  • NUCLEAR TERRORISM - Not a problem
  • OKINAWA - Essential
  • PIRACY
  • PRE-EMPTION DOCTRINE – not a problem
  • PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTORS (PMC) - Bad
  • PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTORS - Good
  • PTSD PURPLE HEART – not needed, won’t work, may backfire
  • SOFT POWER - Bad
  • SPACE WEAPONS / OUTER SPACE TREATY
  • START TREATY - good
  • TAIWAN SUPPORT - good
  • TERRORISM - NOT A THREAT
Purchase includes five Word documents covering the content listed above:
  1. Monument Introduction Articles
  2. Monument Cases
  3. Monument 2A Extensions
  4. Monument Negative Briefs
  5. Monument Midseason Supplement

History of This Resolution

  Stoa 2012-2013 Policy Resolution This sourcebook was provided in print edition for the 2012-2013 Stoa resolution listed above. The cover was taken from the award ceremony from the year before at the league's tournament. This tournament was run by Chris Jeub, the Blue Book's coauthor, and the trophies pictured were rocks harvested from Colorado mountains. The tournament was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at Focus on the Family. The resolution debated for this Blue Book was debated at the 2013 National Invitational Tournament of Champions at John Brown University. Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Monument Publishing provided a summer print copy with 13 cases as well as a Midseason Supplement, all available in this download. Monument Publishing ran a Nationals Intensive Training Camp (NITC) at a campground 15 minutes from Siloam Springs. Of these students, we came home with several great success stories including 1st Place LD Speaker, bottom seed taking out the top two in the first two rounds, and numerous title awards.