Recent statements by President Barack Obama with regards to the planned ground zero mosque have brought quite a few issues of import to the forefront. One that I wish to consider is the issue of straw-men (or, to be politically correct must I state, “non-gender specific straw-personages”?).
In fallacious argumentation one builds a straw-man because straw-men are so very easy to knock down. The logically fallacious tactic is to not deal with an issue but to caricature an issue, watering it down, misrepresenting it, etc., so as to build an target that is easy to discredit.