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Debate Score:20
Arguments:30
Total Votes:23
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The American War on Terror was a mistake.

Was the American War on Terror a mistake?

Yes

Side Score: 13
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No

Side Score: 7
3 points

Hello S:

Sure it was... We should have used special forces to take out Bin Laden, and we NEVER, NEVER, NEVER should have attacked a country that DIDN'T attack us.

These were TREMENDOUS mistakes that we're nowhere NEAR correcting them...

excon

Side: Yes
1 point

Yep, true...

Even after we killed that-old-man-with-kidney-problems in Pakistan, we continued to maintain presence there.

A huge mistake, even noticed by the Senate.

Side: Yes
outlaw60(13103) Clarified
1 point

Hey STUPID didn't OBAMA take claim for killing BIN LADEN ? No way America is under attack from TERRORIST as you view the world ! Blinders are working well for you ?

Side: Yes
outlaw60(13103) Clarified
1 point

Wasn't OBAMA suppose to heal the Middle East there FRAUD ? What happened ?

Side: Yes
outlaw60(13103) Clarified
1 point

So your a GENIUS speak on whom attacked America on 9/11 ?

Side: Yes
excon(8920) Disputed
2 points

Hello o:

19 rag tag terrorists, that's who. So, we attack Afghanistan and lose another 2,234 soldiers killed.. And then we attack Iraq, and lose still another 4,500 American dead. And after 15 years, we're STILL fighting those wars, and even more wars than that.....

ALL on the country's credit card too.

And, YOU think that's wonderful... DUDE!

50 American special forces could have done the deed in a month.. DUDE! You know nothing of these matters.

excon

Side: No
outlaw60(13103) Clarified
1 point
outlaw60(13103) Clarified
1 point
Side: Yes
3 points

The war started in 2001, sixteen years ago. We still have not accomplished a thing. Sure, we hunted and killed Osama bin Laden but that took 9 years, and exactly what did that do? Al-Qaeda is still a thing, but a bigger threat is ISIS. It's faded over the wayside in the past few months but it is still active and has some strongholds in the Middle East. The war looks to be over, and for good reason. The decade has been spent wasting money in foreign countries when it could be used to improve infrastructure, education, or healthcare.

Side: Yes
1 point

The American War on Terror is an excuse for the US to spy on its citizens (PRISM) and also is an excuse to pass intrusive laws (Protect America Act)

Side: Yes
TeachMe2(48) Disputed
1 point

I have Faith in the Majority of the Military. Perhaps there are a Small percentage of Military and Government Officials - Who Are or Have taken advantage of the Civilians, ?

I hope things are going to be ok with Donald Trump. Obama Was Useless.

Side: No
Somebody(46) Clarified
1 point

Yeah, Obama was useless, and the majority of the military isn't really horrendous or anything, but that doesn't exonerate the War on Terror, because it was so damn inefficient, and it was the perfect excuse for secret intelligence agencies to exploit it.

Side: Yes
outlaw60(13103) Clarified
1 point

There was no way that the Obama Administration was spying on people is there ?

Side: Yes

Follow the money trial, many army, navy, airforce and others make a ton of money selling to the government what gives their product to the army and others. Many mercian contractors make money money then you could every inmagian selling into these useless wars. The only reason the Government gives us is to project and provide democracy. When in realtly its about the money the government makes.

Side: Yes
1 point

It is an example of creative branding backfiring. They could have called them more specific things, like the War on the Taliban, War on Al Qaeda, War on Isis, and possibly even added specific geographic references. Because if they did it that way they could periodically have declared some of these wars victories. But instead, since it's just this big nebulous "terrorism" which comes from all places including domestic sources, they've branded this war in a way it can never be won. You truly would have to have worldwide peace to declare the War on Terrorism a victory.

Furthermore, this has badly muddled the separation of powers as granted in the Constitution. Presidents essentially attack anywhere and go to war anywhere now, which has lead to distrust and tensions including Congress and the general public, and drummed up the domestic spying and the conspiracy theories, which ultimately lead to voters distrusting all of Washington and hurling Trump at it to try to break it up.

Side: Yes
outlaw60(13103) Clarified
1 point
outlaw60(13103) Clarified
0 points

Isn't the President of the United States Commander an Chief . So what is muddled for you?

Side: Yes
Cartman(18192) Disputed
1 point

Commander in chief *

Side: No
2 points

It depends on what the goal was. If the goal was an unwinnable war that will last forever and the repeal of our civil liberties it was a resounding success. That may sound ironic but war is useful to government as it keeps it's citizens in a tribalist mindset. This means that out-groups are viewed with more scrutiny while the in-group suffers less scrutiny. The citizens of a nation at war are far more concerned with their enemies than with problems and corruption within their own government.

An interesting part of the war on terror is the panopticon that emerged as a result. It would be difficult to convince the public to agree to mass surveillance without an enemy within. Funnily enough, perpetual war and mass surveillance were two factors (among others) that made the society depicted in Orwell's 1984 so dystopian.

Side: No
1 point

No. But the chosen strategy and tactics of conducting the war on terror have been collosal failures. It's not a mistaken aim to shape our policy around the ideal of reducing terrorist activity, but the incompetence of policy makers should be abudantly clear by now since the net result of our supposed "anti terror" policies has been a massive increase in terrorism.

Side: No
outlaw60(13103) Clarified
0 points

The Leftist again shows that terrorist are not a threat but now says policies have caused a massive increase in terrorism ! Does that mean the open borders in the UK have not increased terrorism ? Or is it the "anti terror" policies of the London Mayor ?

Side: Yes
NicolasCage(506) Disputed
1 point

Are you dense? (Wait, don't answer that, I know.)

It baffles me how ignorant the "alt-right" such as you can be when talking about terrorism. It's undeniable that foreign policy has had a huge impact on the amount of terrorism we've been experiencing.

Of course it's not the only factor, but it's certainly a large one.

Side: Yes