SOURCE: Intelligence Squared U.S.

October 08, 2008 17:03 ET

America Not Winning in Iraq Says Prestigious Debate Audience

Kagan and Keane Sway Undecideds, but Majority Votes With Rifkind and Ferguson

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 8, 2008) - Intelligence Squared U.S., the Oxford style debate series sponsored by The Rosenkranz Foundation, announced the results of a debate, the second of its Fall 2008 season, on the motion, "America is finally winning the war in Iraq." A sold-out audience at Rockefeller University's Caspary Auditorium, New York City voted 36% for the motion and 53% against at the conclusion of the debate. 11% were undecided.

Speaking for the motion were Frederick W. Kagan, a resident scholar in defense and security policy studies at American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and General Jack Keane, former acting chief of staff and vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army. Charles Ferguson, the writer/director of "No End in Sight," a documentary about U.S. policy in Iraq, and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, a former foreign secretary and a former defense secretary of the United Kingdom, spoke against. John Donvan, a correspondent for ABC News "Nightline," moderated.

"The Iraq war is an emotionally charged issue, but our panelists -- some of the foremost experts on the war from both sides of the question -- demonstrated that tough issues can be energetically debated at a high level," said Robert Rosenkranz, chairman of The Rosenkranz Foundation.

Intelligence Squared U.S. polls its audience on each motion before and after the debate. At the start of Tuesday's debate, the audience voted 20% for the motion that "America is finally winning the war in Iraq," with 54% against and 26% undecided.

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