I agree with your answer. The problem that I find with many people here (and I suppose the same could be said for other forums for other martial arts) is that they are very defensive. So much so, that if I bring up an issue, they take it as a personal attack and accuse me of insulting aikido or worse, them.
For example, a while back I mentioned that I had watched a Ju-Jitsu class and was very impressed with the level of fitness, stamina and general skill of the teacher and students, and how I felt that in aikido there should be more training with punches and blocks (generally), otherwise they might be inneffective in the real world. Boy was I attacked for that and even told that I should take up Ju-Juitsu, etc.
Let's keep an open mind and not be so insecure.