It's Time To Clip America's Global Wings

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Globalization

Tuesday, April 5

Just two decades ago there seemed to be no limits to American power. 9/11, the financial crisis, and the rise of China are all reminders of what a different world we live in today. What should America’s role be in the new world order? Are we guilty of overreach, or have we not been ambitious enough?

  • For the motion

    For

    Peter Galbraith

    Vermont State Senator

  • For the motion

    For

    Lawrence Korb

    Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

  • Against the Motion

    Against

    Eliot Cohen

    Founding Director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

  • Against the motion

    Against

    Elliot Abrams

    Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

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    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Galbraith

For The Motion

Peter Galbraith

Vermont State Senator

Is a newly-elected Vermont state senator and the senior diplomatic fellow at the Center for Arms Control. Prior to joining the Center, he was a professor of national security strategy at the National War College. Galbraith was the first U.S. ambassador to Croatia and mediated the Erdut Agreement, ending the Croatia War in 1995. His senior government positions include being deputy special representative of the secretary-general of the United Nations to Afghanistan in 2009.

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Korb

For The Motion

Lawrence Korb

Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Korb served as assistant secretary of defense (manpower, reserve affairs, installations, and logistics) from 1981 through 1985. In that position, he administered about 70 percent of the defense budget. Korb served on active duty for four years as Naval Flight Officer, and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of captain. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Abrams

Against The Motion

Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

Is senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was deputy national security advisor in charge of Middle Eastern Affairs in the George W. Bush Administration. From 1996 until joining the White House staff, Abrams was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. He was the assistant secretary of the state for UN Affairs, Human Rights and Latin America in the Reagan Administration.

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Cohen

Against The Motion

Eliot Cohen

Founding Director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

Is the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University and founding director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. His books include Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime, and with John Gooch, Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War. He directed the U.S. Air Force’s official study of the 1991 Gulf War, and has served on a variety of government advisory boards, including the Defense Policy Board. During 2007-2009 he served as counselor of the Department of State.

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    • Comment Link Leo Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:59 posted by Leo

      Americans do not understand the eoitoptalixn that we as a Nation have caused over the many decades in the Middle East and of the atrocities that we caused the people of the Middle East and that it is due to this eoitoptalixn and the many thousands of innocent Muslim lives our Policies are what have caused the Islam people to hate the West. To any Presidential candidate I ask, "Why is this not discussed and why do we blame the Islams and blame them for being terrorists when it was the West that initially caused the root of the problem by forcing our Policies upon these people and never expected them to say "enough is enough?" Why can't we as a Nation accept what we have done to have caused such a terrible situation in the Middle East today? Afterall, it's due to our Policies that so many hundreds of thousands of innocent people have died, including the people of Islam, not only in Iraq, but in many other Middle Eastern Countries, as well as our brave young men and women that have lost their lives and effected the lives of their families and friends forever? When will we as a Nation accept our portion of the responsibility that our law makers in the Congress, Senate and especially the current Administration accept the responsibility that they bear for the loss of so many innocent lives? How do our law makers sleep at night or are able to laugh in public knowing the misery they have caused so many people? Is this just going to be swept under the carpet like so many other errors our law makers have made over the decades? Rand Zuhlke-Bryant, Placentia, California.

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