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  •  Context Panzer (none)
    When I say "know best" I wasn't referring to expert testimony.  I was replying to James' comment that we should be acknowledging "what others think" and obliging it to make our troops safer.  The two topics are mutually exclusive... a person can give expert testimony (knowing best) while having a faulty opinion of it (claiming to "know best").

    It is a fallacy to argue from the later, it is a requirement of justice and truth that we argue from the former.  So when you ask whom I believe more about a soldier's own experiences, the answer is: the soldier.  But that does not mean I recognize them as an expert on war or politics and cherish their opinions.

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