Columbia defeats West Point Academy in demo debate about military interrogation tactics
On April 28th, Tomás Esteve and Dan Driscoll of the Columbia Debate Society took on two debaters from West Point in a public exposition on the following resolution: This house would utilize enhanced interrogation in the fight against terrorism. The room was packed full of debaters from both schools, friends, family, and spectators, all eager to watch what was expected to be an exciting round. The West Point debaters, clad in their cadet uniforms, argued in favor of solitary confinement and other enhanced interrogation methods. While Dan outlined the moral implications of such an action, Tomás focused his speech time on the pragmatic approach, together constructing an opposition case that won the debate on a 2-0 decision. Both Esteve and Driscoll were awarded Medals of Excellence in the Humanities by a representative of West Point upon finishing the debate.