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February 2019 NSDA Public Forum: Saudi Arms Sales

February 2019 NSDA Public Forum: Saudi Arms Sales

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Big Sky Debate is pleased to release its February 2019 NSDA Public Forum resources on the Saudi arms sales!

The resolution, released by the National Speech and Debate Association on January 1, 2019, is:

Resolved: The United States should end its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arms Sales Index

PRO

  • SAUDI ARABIA BAD: SUPPORTS TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM 
  • SAUDI ARABIA BAD: TERRIBLE HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD 
  • SAUDI ARABIA BAD: ABUSES WOMEN’S RIGHTS
  • SAUDI ARABIA BAD: GOVERNMENT IS AN EXTREMIST DICTATORSHIP
  • YEMEN: CONFLICT IMPACTS THOUSANDS
  • YEMEN: CONFLICT IS A HUMAN RIGHTS DISASTER
  • YEMEN: US ENABLES YEMEN CONFLICT 
  • YEMEN: SAUDI BOMBS USED IN YEMEN COME FROM THE US 
  • YEMEN: US CLUSTER BOMB ARE DESTRUCTIVE AND SHOULD BE ILLEGAL 
  • YEMEN: US ARMS SALES TO SAUDIS ILLEGAL 
  • YEMEN: US IS NOW DIRECTLY INVOLVED (YIKES!) 
  • ARMS SALES ≠ INFLUENCE: SAUDI ARABIA USING US FACILITATION FOR ACCESS TO GET WEAPONS WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY 
  • ARMS SALES ≠ INFLUENCE: INFLUENCE IS LESS THAN REPORTED 
  • ARMS SALES ≠ INFLUENCE: SAUDIS IGNORING US MILITARY ADVICE ON YEMEN 
  • ARMS SALES BAD: CANCELLING SALES SOLVES 
  • ARMS SALES BAD: ARMS SALES SEEN AS PERMISSION TO THE SAUDIS TO BE THUGS 
  • ARMS SALES BAD: US WEAPONS SUPPLY BOTH SIDES OF CONFLICTS 
  • ARMS SALES BAD: US WEAPONS → TERRORISTS 
  • KHASHOGGI MURDER: SAUDI ASSURANCES ARE LIP SERVICE 
  • KHASHOGGI MURDER: US IS SUPPORTING THE SAUDI HARDLINE 
  • A/T: US IS “REVIEWING POLICY” IN YEMEN 
  • A/T: US NEEDS SAUDI OIL 
  • A/T: ARMS SALES = JOBS 
  • A/T: US HAS INFLUENCE 
  • A/T: ARMS SALES = SECURITY 
  • A/T: SAUDIS WILL GO ELSEWHERE 

CON

  • US/SAUDI RELATIONSHIP CRITICAL
  • ARMS SALES = INFLUENCE: US HOLDS MOST OF THE CARDS WITH THE SAUDIS
  • ARMS SALES = INFLUENCE: US FAILURE USE INFLUENCE = VIOLENCE
  • ARMS SALES = INFLUENCE: US THREATS HAVE IMPACTED WAR IN YEMEN
  • ARMS SALES = US ECONOMIC BENEFIT
  • ARMS SALES: SAUDIS ARE DECENT PARTNERS
  • ARMS SALES: REPORTS OF SALES ARE OVERBLOWN/SALES DECREASING
  • SALES BETTER THAN ALTERNATIVE: SAUDI ARABIA WORSE WITHOUT US INFLUENCE
  • SALES BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVE: SAUDIS WILL SIMPLY COZY UP TO CHINA OR RUSSIA
  • YEMEN: CEASEFIRE IN EFFECT
  • YEMEN: BEST WAY TO PROTECT CIVILIANS IS OUR MILITARY RELATIONSHIP
  • YEMEN: DECREASING US INFLUENCE MAKES IT WORSE
  • YEMEN: SAUDI ACTION IS TO RESTORE STABILITY
  • YEMEN: US IS ALREADY MOVING AWAY FROM YEMEN CONFLICT
  • OIL: US HAS ENERGY NEEDS FROM SAUDI ARABIA
  • GEOPOLITICS: US NEEDS SAUDI AS A FOOTHOLD IN THE REGION
  • GEOPOLITICS: US NEEDS SAUDI ARABIA TO HELP COUNTERBALANCE IRAN
  • ALTERNATIVE: LIMIT ARMS TO “CREDIBLE THREATS”
  • ALTERNATIVE: STOP DIRECT MILITARY SUPPORT OF THE SAUDI MILITARY MISSIONS
  • A/T: KHASHOGGI JUSTIFIES LIMITING WEAPONS SALES
  • A/T: ACCOUNTABILITY DEMANDS ENDING ARMS SALES
  • A/T: CONGRESS DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY

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