National Security

Has the war in Iraq made the U.S. safer?

In my opinion Iraq has made the U.S. a target. Do to all of the terrorist attacks, and the one that no one will ever forget nine eleven.

Mitt Romney

Con: “I like the idea of providing opportunities for young people to serve… I love the opportunity to see voluntary service. But I’m not ready to lay out what that will look like. I will continue to support the programs that have been effective and see if we can’t find greater opportunities for young people to serve. Wouldn’t it be great if larger and larger numbers of the kids in this country, when I say kids, young adults in this country, were able to spend a year or two in service. I didn’t have that experience in serving my country, but I had the chance to serve my church. I was in France for two and a half years. What’s interesting is it was a great maturing time for me, where I gained perspective on some of the benefits of being an American, on some of the values that are most important to me.” "Mitt Romney on National Service by ServeNext.org, " YouTube.com, Sep. 9, 2007

Barack Obama

Con: [Editor's Note: Change.gov, the official website for Obama's transition into the White House, after winning the 2008 presidential election but before his inauguration, stated the following on a page titled "America Serves," as captured on Nov. 7, 2008 by archive.org: "Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year."By Nov. 10, 2008, the word "require" was replaced with the phrase "set a goal," which remains on the "America Serves" page of Change.gov as of Feb. 14, 2012.Obama's opposition to the draft and his support of voluntary (vs. mandatory) community service led us to categorize his position as Con to our question.]"I think that if women are registered for service -- not necessarily in combat roles, and I don’t agree with the draft -- I think it will help to send a message to my two daughters that they’ve got obligations to this great country as well as boys do." Democratic presidential debate, Charleston, SC, July 23, 2007