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# As one who has always believed that truth is our nation's

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As one who has always believed that truth is our nation's surest weapon in the propaganda war against our foes, I am distressed by reports of "disinformation" campaigns by American intelligence agents in Western Europe. In a disinformation campaign, untruths are disseminated through gullible local journalists in order to damage the interests of our enemies and protect our own. Those who defend this practice say that lying is necessary to counter Soviet disinformation campaigns aimed at damaging America's political interests. These apologists contend that one must fight fire with fire. I would point out to the apologists that the fire department finds water more effective.
The author's main point is that
(A) although disinformation campaigns may be effective, they are unacceptable on ethical grounds
(B) America's moral standing in the world depends on its adherence to the truth
(C) the temporary political gains produced by disinformation campaigns generally give way to long-term losses
(D) Soviet disinformation campaigns have done little to damage America's standing in Europe
(E) disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the United States
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10 Dec 2011, 01:06
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Those who defend this practice say that lying is necessary to counter Soviet disinformation campaigns aimed at damaging America's political interests. These apologists contend that one must fight fire with fire. I would point out to the apologists that the fire department finds water more effective. => (E) disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the United States
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10 Dec 2011, 01:25
E

Author states his/her main point at the starting of the paragraph.
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10 Dec 2011, 13:18
I went with E as well.
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13 Dec 2011, 01:09
+1 for E
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15 Dec 2011, 17:46
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01:45 sec for choice E

Those who defend this practice say that lying is necessary to counter Soviet disinformation campaigns aimed at damaging America's political interests. These apologists contend that one must fight fire with fire. I would point out to the apologists that the fire department finds water more effective. => (E) disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the United States

thanks for the ex-now i get it
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26 Dec 2011, 11:33
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03 Jan 2012, 11:54
Very nice question. Spent entire two minutes figuring this out. Got to E.
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