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|Date added||August 21, 2020|
|Tags||Debate, Policy, Season 21, Stoa|
Case Summary: The U.S. has tactical (short-range) nuclear weapons stationed in several NATO countries as part of our commitment to the defense of our allies. AFF will argue that they are a useless relic of the Cold War and that their risks outweigh their benefits. However, NATO nukes still have value. They deter Russian aggression and strengthen the NATO alliance. Pulling out nukes from NATO would motivate some NATO members to pursue their own nuclear weapons, leading to bigger problems in the future. Status Quo is the best option; we should leave our nuclear weapons right where they are.
To debate this properly, you need to understand the difference between “strategic” and “tactical” nuclear weapons. Strategic nuclear weapons are launched from the homeland of one country (e.g. a missile silo in Kansas) to directly attack the homeland of the enemy (e.g. Moscow). Tactical weapons are weapons located near, and intended to be used at, the site of a conventional battle during hostilities. For example, a nuclear bomb in Turkey being dropped on invading forces coming across the Turkish border from Russia.