USAFA Cadets Argue for Obama Re-Election
In an era of increased sensitivity toward the US military and politics (from Facebook to reprimand to discharge), it was unusual to read a report in which US Air Force Academy cadets participated in a debate on the presidential candidates, calling for the re-election of their Commander-in-Chief:
The event, held Oct. 29, in the heat of the run-up to the presidential election, featured Colorado College sophomores Jacob Kirksey and Nick Blanchette arguing for the election of Gov. Mitt Romney. Air Force Academy cadets Andrew Gallion and Brian Kruchkow argued for the re-election of President Obama, who is their commander-in-chief.
Granted, it was an academic exercise. (Indeed, those who have learned debate also realize at some point you are required to advocate even the viewpoint with which you disagree.)
As this was a combination of both “good” and negative training, one wonders if part of this academic exercise included the admonition to the cadets that they’re never allowed to really do what they sort of did here.