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A paratrooper, when asked whether he believed the military

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A paratrooper, when asked whether he believed the military objective was important, commented: “Well, it sort of commands the valley, so it would be important in a conventional war. But this isn’t a conventional war, so I guess it means nothing.”

The speaker’s conclusion would be most strengthened if it were true that

the speaker is skilled in conventional warfare
commanding a valley is important in unconventional wars
commanding the valley is an objective in the war under discussion
this is an unconventional war
whatever is important in a conventional war is unimportant in an unconventional war
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argument = comparison b\w conventional & unconventional wars ---> what fits in conventional do not fit in unconventional.
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07 Nov 2010, 09:49
Straight E
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Only one which supports/strenghtens the conclusion is E.

The rest are all irrelevant OR extreme to assume.
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16 Nov 2010, 02:30
IMO E
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A paratrooper, when asked whether he believed the military objective was important, commented: “Well, it sort of commands the valley, so it would be important in a conventional war. But this isn’t a conventional war, so I guess it means nothing.”

The speaker’s conclusion would be most strengthened if it were true that

the speaker is skilled in conventional warfare
commanding a valley is important in unconventional wars
commanding the valley is an objective in the war under discussion
this is an unconventional war
whatever is important in a conventional war is unimportant in an unconventional war

Look at his train of thought:
Premises:
Commands the valley, so important in conventional war.
This is not conventional war.

Conclusion: So not important.

This is not a logical conclusion, right? Something that is important in conventional war could also be important in an unconventional one. What can I do to strengthen this conclusion. Is there a missing premise, which, if added could make this argument logical?
If I were to add a premise here 'what is important in a conventional war, is not important in an unconventional one', would the conclusion become valid?

See again:
Premises:
-Commands the valley, so important in conventional war.
-This is not conventional war.
-What is important in a conventional war, is not important in an unconventional one

Conclusion: So not important.

Now it is a valid conclusion. So the argument can be strengthened by adding this premise, this new information. Hence, answer is (E).
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22 Jul 2016, 04:14
strengthen is nothing but a type of assumption support the link between premise and conclusion
option E is a straightforward choice as provides the basic assumption on which the underlying argument is based.
If we negate this statement we can see that the conclusion clearly falls apart
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