Debate Club

Is America Safer Under Barack Obama?

Is America Safer Under Barack Obama?

As the country reflects on the one year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, President Obama’s foreign policy skills have been at the center of the general election debate. The Obama re-election campaign has not been quiet about marking the anniversary and touting Obama’s role in the raid, and they have also produced campaign materials outlining other ways the president has sought out and destroyed terrorists and American enemies. Mitt Romney, Obama’s presumed Republican challenger, has downplayed the role Obama played in ordering the bin Laden raid, and throughout his campaign he has consistently attacked Obama’s positions on Iran and Afghanistan, among other things.

Some argue that America is safer because of Obama’s foreign policy, and they say that his laser-like focus on dismantling al Qaeda has been instrumental in preventing terrorist attacks on American soil. They also commend him for pulling out of Iraq and for doubling down on America’s military efforts in Afghanistan.

Detractors find Obama’s politicizing of the bin Laden anniversary shameful, and they hold that Obama’s planned defense budget cuts will make America unsafe. They also argue that Obama’s brand of foreign policy has harmed American relationships with places like Pakistan and Russia, making the country more vulnerable.

Is America safer under Barack Obama? Here is the Debate Club’s take:


The Arguments

#1
164 Pts
Obama Got Bin Laden, but Other Threats Have Grown

No – Obama Got Bin Laden, but Other Threats Have Grown

Edward A. Turzanski National Security Analyst at La Salle University

#2
153 Pts
Obama's Proposed Defense Budget Cuts Leave Us Vulnerable

No – Obama's Proposed Defense Budget Cuts Leave Us Vulnerable

James Jay Carafano Director of the Heritage Foundation's Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies

#3
128 Pts
Obama Keeps al Qaeda at Bay, but Handcuffs the CIA as Well

No – Obama Keeps al Qaeda at Bay, but Handcuffs the CIA as Well

Nathan Sales Law Professor at George Mason University School of Law

#4
-20 Pts
Obama Has Made America Safer, but He Could Use Help

Yes – Obama Has Made America Safer, but He Could Use Help

Lawrence Husick Co-chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center for the Study of Terrorism

#5
-37 Pts
Obama Learned From Bush's Mistakes and Successes

Yes – Obama Learned From Bush's Mistakes and Successes

James Dobbins Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation

#6
-44 Pts
President Obama Deserves Credit for Keeping Us Safe

Yes – President Obama Deserves Credit for Keeping Us Safe

William F. Daddio Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University

#7
-107 Pts
6 Reasons America Is Safer Under Obama

Yes – 6 Reasons America Is Safer Under Obama

Lawrence J. Korb Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress


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