[eDebate] Topic Three is problematic to me

Josh jbhdb8
Tue Jul 7 15:10:30 CDT 2009

Nick et al,

Someone just mentioned an interesting point about topic one (backchannel)
which might actually make a huge difference on our different interpretations
of topic one....It is my assumption that:

"should substantially change its nuclear posture"

Is broad because my understanding was the topic committee felt that things
like CTBT etc would "change posture."

However, if posture refers to Declaratory Policy, Force Structure, and
Operational policy but not the Non-Proliferation policy areas that do not
explicity also deal with Declaratory, Force Structure, and Op Policies topic
one becomes much more limited.

Could someone who was at the topic committee meeting or is on the committee
clarify on why people felt exclusively Non Proliferation Policy affs were
topical under topic 1?


On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 3:03 PM, Josh <jbhdb8 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Nick (Guido),
> I think your analysis of #1 is a bit off, I would suggest it was by far the
> most broad of the three topics (by far the most broad). The topic reads:
> Resolution 1: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should
> substantially change its nuclear posture to be more consistent with its
> nuclear disarmament commitments.
> There are many things that might be more consistent with our nuclear
> disarmament committments that arent even things you would necessarily
> associate with the topic area for instance nuclear sharing committments
> etc.  In addition, all the cases topical under 2 and 3 are likely topical
> under one.
> NFU and CTBT are both things we have pledged or have signed on to as part
> of our NPT committments (negative security assurances and article 4)..Part
> of our NP committments include Operational Policy (although I think this is
> the place an affirmative is most likely to run case of the week bad affs).
> The rest of what you say is probably just a difference of opinion, I
> personally prefer 2 so far,
> Josh
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