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March 2018 NSDA Public Forum: Authorization for the Use of Military Force

March 2018 NSDA Public Forum: Authorization for the Use of Military Force

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Big Sky Debate is pleased to release its February 2018 NSDA Public Forum resources on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force!

The resolution, released by the National Speech and Debate Association on February 1, 2018, is:

Resolved: On balance, the current Authorization for Use of Military Force gives too much power to the president.

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AUMF Index

META

  • AUMF DEFINED

PRO

  • AUMF BAD: USED TO JUSTIFY ACTION WELL BEYOND THE ORIGINAL SCOPE
  • AUMF BAD: OUTDATED
  • AUMF BAD: ALLOWS ENDLESS WAR 
  • AUMF BAD: HAS CREATED A MESS IN AFGHANISTAN
  • AUMF BAD: LACKS GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE
  • AUMF BAD: HAS HURT TROOPS AND THE MILITARY
  • AUMF BAD: VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION
  • AUMF BAD: VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW/TREATIES
  • AUMF BAD: GIVES THE EXECUTIVE VAST POWER
  • AUMF BAD: DOESN’T REQUIRE CONSULTATION WITH CONGRESS
  • NEW AUMF REQUIRED: MUST SEIZE BACK CONTROL FOR CONGRESS
  • NEW AUMF REQUIRED: WE MUST REASSERT THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS CONVERSATION
  • NEW AUMF REQUIRED: TRUMP IS PREPARING FOR WAR WITH NORTH KOREA; CONGRESS MUST GRAB BACK POWER
  • NEW AUMF REQUIRED: TRUMP ANTI-TERRORIST ACTIVITIES JUSTIFY NEW AUMF
  • NEW AUMF REQUIRED: WOULD BOOST US CREDIBILITY INTERNATIONALLY
  • NEW AUMF REQUIRED: NEW FOCUS ON ISIS MEANS THAT THE ORIGINAL AUMF COULD BE SUBJECT TO JUDICIAL REVIEW, INVALIDATING IT
  • NEW AUMF REQUIRED: MUST INCLUDE SUNSET CLAUSE
  • NEW AUMF REQUIRED: MUST INCLUDE REQUIREMENTS FOR REPORTS TO CONGRESS 
  • NEW AUMF REQUIRED: MUST LIMIT USE OF LETHAL FORCE 
  • A/T: AUMF GIVES THE PRESIDENT NEEDED AUTHORITY
  • A/T: WAR ON TERROR JUSTIFIES AUMF
  • A/T: CONGRESS CAN’T AGREE ON HOW TO BALANCE
  • A/T: RESTRICTIONS EMBOLDEN TERRORISTS

CON/MUST REPLACE POSITION

  • MUST REPLACE FIRST: EDITOR’S NOTE
  • MUST REPLACE FIRST: MUST NOT REPEAL WITHOUT ALTERNATIVE
  • MUST REPLACE FIRST: CONGRESS UNWILLING/UNABLE TO REPLACE
  • MUST REPLACE FIRST: CONGRESS IS HISTORICALLY UNWILLING TO SEIZE WAR POWER AUTHORITY
  • MUST REPLACE FIRST: TRUMP’S RELATIONSHIP WITH CONGRESS COMPLICATES REPLACEMENT
  • MUST REPLACE FIRST: CONGRESS CAN’T AGREE ON SCOPE OF EXECUTIVE POWER IN THE WAR ON TERROR

CON/GENERAL

  • AUMF GOOD: TERROR THREAT STILL ACTIVE
  • AUMF GOOD: HAS SERVED AMERICA WELL
  • AUMF GOOD: COMPLIES WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW
  • AUMF GOOD: AUMF’S LACK OF A TIME LIMIT IS CRITICAL
  • AUMF GOOD: LACK OF GEOGRAPHICAL LIMITATIONS GOOD
  • AUMF GOOD: LACK OF SUNSET NECESSARY DUE TO TERRORIST THREAT
  • AUMF GOOD: WIDE POWERS JUSTIFIED/EXECUTIVE NEEDS MORE POWER
  • REPLACING NOT NECESSARY: NEW TERRORIST THREATS ARE RELATED TO ORIGINAL AUMF THREATS
  • REPLACING NOT NECESSARY: CURRENT AUMF IS SUFFICIENT
  • REPLACING NOT NECESSARY: AUMF DOES ALLOW TARGETING GROUPS WITH LOOSE ASSOCIATIONS TO 9/11 TERRORISTS
  • REPLACING BAD: STRICT WORDING EMBOLDENS TERROR GROUPS
  • REPLACING BAD: SUNSETS ACTUALLY ALLOW FOR EXPANSION OF AUTHORITY
  • REPLACING BAD: MUST NOT SIGNAL THAT THE WAR ON TERROR IS OVER
  • REPLACING BAD: LIMITING PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY TO FIGHT TERRORISTS IS A MISTAKE
  • REPLACING BAD: SOME PROPOSED ALTERNATIVES ACTUALLY EXPAND PRESIDENTIAL POWER… YIKES!
  • A/T: YEMAN/NIGER/NEW TRUMP ACTION JUSTIFIES NEW AUMF
  • A/T: AUMF IS UNLIMITED
  • A/T: AUMF = ENDLESS WAR
  • A/T: AL QAEDA IS DEAD
  • A/T: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL USE AUMF TO ATTACK MORE COUNTRIES
  • A/T: POTENTIAL LAWSUITS JUSTIFY REPLACEMENT
  • A/T: OBAMA EXPANDED EXECUTIVE POWER USING AUMF
  • A/T: INTERNATIONAL LAW JUSTIFIED NEW AUMF
  • A/T: CONGRESS IS CLUELESS ABOUT ONGOING TERROR OPERATIONS

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