Sundennly , here on Aikiweb we discover some exceptional Martial Artists, with higher level of aikido understanding than O sensei direct students.
This seems like a bit of a strawman to me. I haven't read anyone here making claims about being able to throw anyone
without touching them. They've simply been saying there's a logical reason for thinking about them at all; sometimes attackers will respond to things other than those involving touch. It happens.
Should you form your whole study around that? Probably not or you end up looking like the "kiai master:" bloody nose and unable to handle the wrist grab that led directly to the end of your fight.