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WNDI 2010 1 Topic PICs Aff Answers Topic PICs Aff Answers
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**Phaseout Answers** A2: Phaseout CP – Commitment Trap Malou Innocent is a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute who focuses on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ted Galen Carpenter , vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at Cato, 2009 “Escaping the ‘Graveyard of Empires’,” CATO Institute, http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/escaping-graveyard- empires-strategy-exit-afghanistan.pdf When opinion leaders in Washington talk about “lessons learned” from Vietnam, Somalia, Lebanon, and other conflicts, they typically draw the wrong lesson : not that America should avoid intervening in someone else’s domestic dispute, but that America should never give up after having intervened, no matter what the cost.29 But the longer we stay and the more money we spend, the more we’ll feel compelled to remain in the country to validate the investment. A similar self-imposed predicament plagued U.S. officials during the war in Vietnam : After 1968 it became increasingly clear that the survival of the [government of South Vietnam] was not worth the cost of securing it, but by then the United States had another rationale for staying— prestige and precedent setting. The United States said the [South Vietnamese government] would stand, and even those in the administration now long convinced of the hollowness of the domino argument could agree that a U.S. failure in South Vietnam might endanger vital US national interests elsewhere or in the future.30 For decades, the fear of America losing the world’s respect after withdrawing from a conflict has been instrumental in selling the American public bad foreign policy.
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WNDI 2010 3 Topic PICs Aff Answers *Afghanistan* A2: Phaseout CP – Commitment Trap Immediate withdrawal is key to avoiding the commitment trap Malou Innocent , a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C, July 20, 2009 , “Afghanistan: The Deadliest Month and It's Time to Get Out,” CATO Institute, http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=10369 Sadly, the longer we stay in Afghanistan and the more money we spend, the more we'll feel compelled to remain in the country to validate the investment. A similar self- imposed predicament plagued U.S. officials during the war in Vietnam . Oddly enough, when opinion leaders in Washington talk about "lessons learned" from Vietnam and other conflicts, they typically draw the wrong lesson: not that America should avoid intervening in someone else's domestic dispute, but that America should never give up after having intervened, no matter what the cost. Driven by that misguided analysis, the United States risks repeating the same mistake in Afghanistan.
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A2: Timetable Popular The public is against a timetable Rasmussen Reports , June 28, 2010 , “25% Favor Immediate Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan, 28% Say Send More Troops,” http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/afghanistan/25_favor_im
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