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# As one who has always believed that truth is our nation’s surest weapo

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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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30 Jun 2019, 02:49
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Hii All,

This is my first Solution, Pls Kudos is requested!!!

Passage presents words like "effective" and "America Political Interest" which connects to option E.

Kindly ask, I could elaborate the above solution.
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23 Jun 2019, 05:57
The argument revolves around the effectiveness of an adopted strategy.

A- This may be true in the real world but has nowhere been mentioned- rule this out
B- Again no mention of morality in the argument- Out
C- The author does does not acknowledge any short term gain- Out
D- Not mentioned- Out
E- Precisely what we are looking for. Disinformation campaigns are not an effective way- Correct

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30 Jun 2019, 02:30
Hi Expert,

Although I correctly marked E, I have doubt whether we can go too far by stating that the disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve.....

Just because the passage made analogy that " fire department would find water more effectively - that is disinformation campaigns are less effective, can we say that disinformation campaigns are "not" effective.

Thank you.
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