[eDebate] Reduce "reliance"

Stefan Bauschard stefan.bauschard
Sat May 16 23:35:19 CDT 2009


A T card for what I sent earlier:

http://media.usip.org/reports/strat_posture_report.pdf

The Commission
recognizes that, so long as the United States
maintains adequately strong conventional forces,
it no longer needs to rely on nuclear weapons
to deter the threat of a major conventional attack.

On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 9:13 PM, Stefan Bauschard <
stefan.bauschard at gmail.com> wrote:

> Does reducing "reliance" really require the Aff to link to the deterrence
> DA?
>
> It seems that U.S could reduce "its reliance" on "its" nuclear weapons in
> Europe to deter a Russian invasion by substantially augmenting its
> conventional forces and/or changing its force structure there. Without
> making a single significant change in its nuclear posture in Europe, the
> U.S. would still be reducing its "reliance" on nukes to stop a Russian
> invasion because it would now be more heavily relying on these conventional
> forces.   What's the "nuclear deterrence good" link in this instance? I
> suppose you could spin a story about how if we increased our conventional
> force strength it would be perceived as us giving up on nuclear deterrence,
> but that seems to be quite a stretch.  And it probably wouldn't be a
> terribly unique link story.
>
> This isn't just same made up thing. I'm sure you could find proposals to
> increase our conventional strength in various parts of the world so that we
> would be "less reliant" on nuclear retaliation.
>
> The cards in the topic paper on pages 40 & 41 do suggest that an expansion
> of conventional forces is possible, though they do talk about reducing
> reliance on nuclear forces AND shifting to greater conventional strength
> through various means. The cards do not say that you *have* to do nuclear
> cut-backs to reduce reliance on them. And it just seems kind of intuitive
> that substantially improving our conventional force capabilities would
> reduce the reliance we place on our nuclear weapons to deter and retaliate.
>
> The word "reliance" does seem to appear a lot in the literature, but that
> doesn't mean it's the best way to divide ground for the purposes of a
> debate. And unless this reading is unreasonable, it seems that increasing
> conventional force strength (without nuclear reductions) could be a very
> good and strategic area of affirmative case ground.  Was this intended?  Is
> this what we want?
>
> ok, back to poverty and social services :(
>
>
> --
> Stefan Bauschard
>
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Stefan Bauschard

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Debate Coach, Harvard Debate
Director of Debate, Lakeland Schools
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