[eDebate] Plurality and other nonsense

Beth Skinner beth.skinner
Wed May 23 18:37:35 CDT 2007


1) the second and fourth resolutions say 'them' (plural) referring to
government (singular).  I think usually the pronoun used to refer to a
single government is 'its.'  Wondering what the rationale for that is.


2) if you offer a security guarantee to, for instance, Iran and the PA, does
it have to be the same security guarantee?


3) seems like one way to read the resolutions that include the 'only of
offering' wording (#3 for instance) is that your constructive engagement
should a) consist only of offering a trilateral SG or b) consist only of a
bilateral SG (the difference being that a) is only an offer and b) is the SG
itself)


4) if it is only an offer can the plan mandate the US following through on
the offer? especially when it must consist "only of" a security guarantee or
assistance


5) do you already have to have constructive engagement in order to increase
it? do you have to have the particular type of constructive engagement -
security guarantees or foreign assistance - that is specified by the rest of
the resolution?



Beth Skinner
Alleged grammar nazi


#1
Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should increase its
constructive engagement with the government of one or more of: Afghanistan,
Iran, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and Syria, and it should include
offering them a security guarantee(s) and/or a substantial increase in
foreign assistance.

#2
Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should increase its
constructive engagement with the government of one or more of: Afghanistan,
Iran, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and Syria, and it should consist
only of offering them a trilateral security guarantee(s) with Israel, and/or
a bilateral security guarantee(s), and/or a substantial increase in foreign
assistance.

#3
Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should increase its
constructive engagement with the government of one or more of: Afghanistan,
Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, and Syria,
and it should consist only of offering them a trilateral security
guarantee(s) with Israel and/or a bilateral
security guarantee(s).

#4
Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should increase its
constructive engagement with the government of one or more of: Afghanistan,
Iran, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and Syria, and it should include
offering them a trilateral security guarantee(s) with Israel, and/or a
bilateral security guarantee(s), and/or a substantial increase in foreign
assistance.
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