Welcome everyone, to another ATS sponsored debate. My opponent and I will be discussing the topic of whether or not the USA is the world's police
force, and in the process, perhaps uncover some startling statistics.
l will open the debate by stating I was surprised when researching this topic, at the information I uncovered. I had assumed that Russia, China and
the USA had the world's largest militaries, being world superpowers, but we'll soon discover that is not really the truth.
There are 195 countries on this planet of ours, with a world population of 6.7 billion people. Nearly every country has a military, and the main
purpose of having a military is to protect your sovereignty. As a country, you need soldiers to keep your land safe. Of course, there are countries
less able to protect themselves, and so we'll find that throughout history, other countries, the US included, send troops to help with humanitarian
efforts, and for peacekeeping activities. The purpose of this debate is to show that the rest of the world defaults to the United States to send
troops for such activities, and that there is a good reason for that: there is an enemy that we cannot see, but feel, and a war going on behind the
scenes. This is the "War on Terror".
Not only does the US valiantly defend her own soil, but after 9/11, the US stands forth to fight on any soil, in an epic battle against those whose
wish to do others evil. As long as there are extremists with radical ideologies, we are not safe, and every citizen of this planet is in danger,
therefore we need to be diligent in protecting the very freedoms that we hold dear, for in the instant we let our attention waiver, we lose the
freedoms that the soldiers of the world have died to protect.
The War on Terror is being won, slowly, inevitably, but it is not over. Not yet. As long there is terrorism, the US will be there to aid in the
The United States has 252 Embassies
world wide, more than any other country in the world. We have ambassadors to
ensure a direct line of diplomacy with our government, and direct contact with our commander-in-chief through the Department of State in case a
military intervention is required, whether by force or humanitarian aid. The US watches the activities of the whole world.
There are also other countries with bigger militaries than the USA, and I've compiled a list of
the top five
largest militaries in the
5: China, 4,585,000
4: India, 4,768,407
3: Vietnam, 5,495,000
2: South Korea, 8,691,500
1: North Korea, 9,495,000
Number six on the list would be Iran, with 3,833,000 total military troops. Where is Russia and the United States? The Russian Federation has
2,230,000 total troops, and the USA, 2,927,754. I find it amazing that we police the rest of the world with just under three million total enlisted
personnel. How can we do that? Simple. We spend the most. We have the most powerful army in the world, from specially trained strike forces to the
most modern avionics and weaponry. We are well suited for the role we play in keeping the world safe from terrorists.
If you carefully note the list above, there are some troubling numbers in there. Very possible caustic situations could arise. It's why we are so
very heavily invested in diplomacy as the primary means to prevent wars. We negotiate, force trade embargoes, and levy economics sanctions. We try
to work out peaceful solutions at all costs. Iran and North Korea still threaten world peace, but the USA is diligent with the task that is set
before us, because if we fail to act, tyrannies will rule.
For now, I rest, and hand the debate over to RationalDespair......