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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

11. 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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14 May 2007, 12:47
E....as author thinks water is more efficient than water to extinguish fire.

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14 May 2007, 22:12
sidbidus wrote:
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

11. 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

(E) it is

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14 May 2007, 22:22
agree with E
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14 May 2007, 22:39
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

11. 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

quite intresting question indeed.
By stating "I would point out to the apologists that the fire department finds water more effective", the author agrees that although the results are met through this practice, it's not the right option.

A - very well agrees with the author.

E - contradicts author. E states that the political interests are not served by this policy, which is not true.

A is my choice.

I would definitely like to know the OA. (right now would be so good )
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14 May 2007, 22:50
shoonya wrote:
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

11. 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

quite intresting question indeed.
By stating "I would point out to the apologists that the fire department finds water more effective", the author agrees that although the results are met through this practice, it's not the right option.

A - very well agrees with the author.

E - contradicts author. E states that the political interests are not served by this policy, which is not true.

A is my choice.

I would definitely like to know the OA. (right now would be so good )

I agree with you - A.

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14 May 2007, 23:11
The OA is E.

Can somebody pls explain why E is correct and A is incorrect??

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15 May 2007, 00:42
What is author’s main point.....is it the propaganda...or is it the policy related to some country....which deals with the propaganda.....
Author is giving more stress on countries...to convey the policies of a US...

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15 May 2007, 02:41
sidbidus wrote:
The OA is E.

Can somebody pls explain why E is correct and A is incorrect??

I would point out to the apologists that the fire department finds water more effective

The highlighted text made me to choose E.

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15 May 2007, 02:41
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