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January 2010 Released

12/20/09 10:34:28 pm

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Resolved: President Obama's plan for increasing troops in Afghanistan is in the United States' best interest.

Foreword: This topic is timely and very relevant to all of us as American citizens. Nonetheless, a debate over military strategy in Afghanistan will be a challenge given the lack of detailed information available, and our lack of expertise in evaluating General McChrystal’s recommendations. This debate is about the way forward in Afghanistan and in the fight against terror. President Obama has agreed to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan to implement a broad counterinsurgency mandate. Those opposed to the plan advocate a narrower counterterrorism strategy. President Obama presented his plan to the American people on December 1. Given the recent nature of the topic, new evidence is becoming available daily, so update often!

Thank you for your patience as I took forever to release this topic. The January topic always coincides with my finals at school, but this month it was to your advantage because the information is updated through today. I’ll be continuing to research and posting relevant articles to the “Public Forum Debate” Facebook group. Let me know if you have any questions!

Michelle Schmit