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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

China: "We don't hack, but the USA is guilty, too."

I love it when the diplomats issue press statements. The very best sophistry, rhetorical manipulation, and what logician/author Lewis Carroll called "invalid syllogisms" are employed. Today's New York Times story is an excellent example (read it here). Instead of the headline, "China Blasts Hacking Claim by Pentagon," they really should have used a version my headline from above: "China Claims They Don't Hack, But That the USA is Guilty, Too."

Quoting H.L. Mencken,
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
The New York Times story would be an excellent exercise for dissection and analysis by high school classes.

1 comment:

  1. My favorite quotes are:

    + "You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time."

    + "No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar."

    A. LINCOLN

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?