Thursday, September 02, 2004

The fallacy of the Excluded Middle

John Savage explains the flawed logic behind never changing positions according to changing facts on the ground as found in the John Kerry bio. Correcting course is the scientific way, but detractors use it as a sign of wishywashiness. It isn't. It's a sign of an active analytical mind in action.

He concludes with this crystal clear paragraph:

"So, in the end, Kerry's evolution of his position and the contrast between his actions under orders and his later consideration of the justifiability of those orders are far from inconsistent with being a good officer or a good politician. I would argue the opposite; but then, I'm one of those wierdos who realizes that one's country can sometimes be wrong, so I'm obviously not cut out for national politics."

Well said.

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