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Shocking! Outrageous! And sorta funny, too…
Mehdi sends this amusing bit of lawyer logic:
<eye roll> Okay. <deep breath> Granted, this is ridiculous, but it's actually what lawyers are supposed to do. They're expected to argue for their client in as many different ways as possible so as to increase the odds that at least one of the arguments will be convincing. This one was wacky and they got called on it, but that doesn't invalidate the strategy in general.
I'm sure that this legal team made other arguments, too. Presumably ones that weren't quite so awful. Hopefully some that mentioned the military value of live fire exercises and the need to conduct them somewhere despite the inevitable NIMBY contingent from every possible alternative, who will also make every possible argument against the exercises. Presumably the opponents have a few good arguments too, better than this environmentalist nonsense.