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

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09 Jul 2005, 18:45
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As one who has always believed that truth is our nationâ€™s surest weapon in the propaganda war against our foes, I am distressed by reports of â€œdisinformationâ€

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Re: CR - Political Interest [#permalink]

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09 Jul 2005, 20:53
I go with E.

the author concludes that the fire department finds water more effective than fire. here she compares the fire as disinformation and water as correct information, which is based on truth. so the conclusion is tru information effectively defets the disinformation by the enimies. therefore, the main point is "disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the United States".

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10 Jul 2005, 06:36
One more for E

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10 Jul 2005, 08:54
HIMALAYA wrote:
I go with E.

the author concludes that the fire department finds water more effective than fire. here she compares the fire as disinformation and water as correct information, which is based on truth. so the conclusion is tru information effectively defets the disinformation by the enimies. therefore, the main point is "disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the United States".

But the passage is not conveying anything about whether disinformation served effectively. How can you choose (E)??

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10 Jul 2005, 09:11
Picked A.

the author cites , fighting fire with water, to illustrate that there is an ethical way to counter foreign threat.

HMTG.

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10 Jul 2005, 13:15
A is my choice choice too.

C and D are out for sure.

B becomes too narrow.

What takes E out is

disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the United States

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10 Jul 2005, 18:10
jpv wrote:
HIMALAYA wrote:
I go with E.

the author concludes that the fire department finds water more effective than fire. here she compares the fire as disinformation and water as correct information, which is based on truth. so the conclusion is tru information effectively defets the disinformation by the enimies. therefore, the main point is "disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the United States".

But the passage is not conveying anything about whether disinformation served effectively. How can you choose (E)??

actually i was between E and A. i choosed E because of "Fire and water" analogy. ethichs in A is also not discussed in the passage as well. the passage is discussing the practicality of the information-type. therefore, E should be ok.

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10 Jul 2005, 18:15
OA given is (E). However, I am not fully convinced with it.

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10 Jul 2005, 19:36
jpv wrote:
OA given is (E). However, I am not fully convinced with it.

The author uses the fire department analogy saying they do not fight fire with fire instead use water meaning countering disinformation campaigns with another disinformation campaign will not be effective.

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11 Jul 2005, 09:29
I actually picked E, before checking the OA.

Here is my reasoning.

The author is talking about "our nationâ€™s surest weapon in the propaganda war", and there are several references to America in this passage. So eliminate all choices that do not refer to either "our nation"or "america", that leaves us with B, D and E.

Eliminate B, because, America's moral standing is not discussed anywhere in the passage

Eliminate D, because, Soviet Union's misinformation campaign is not mentioned anywhere

Now read this sentence from the passage "Those who defend this practice say that lying is necessary to counter Soviet disinformation campaigns aimed at damaging Americaâ€™s political interests"

The author is very clearly trying to refute the above argument by stating that disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve "America's political interests". There E is the answer.

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11 Jul 2005, 17:06
So eliminate all choices that do not refer to either "our nation"or "america", that leaves us with B, D and E.

I liked your this finding. Thanks.

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