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Can you please explain the bold part? What does "cottoned on to the factually unsophisticated truth" mean?


If you throw away your cell phone, shut down your e-mail...
(38) ...pass all your instructions face-to-face, hand-to-hand...
(39) ...turn your back on technology and just disappear into the crowd...
(40) No flags. No uniforms.
(41) You got your basic grunts on the ground there.
(42) They're looking going, "Who is it we're fighting?"
(43) In a situation like this, your friends dress just like your enemies...
(44) ...and your enemies dress like your friends.
(45) What I need you to fully understand is that these people, they do not wanna negotiate.
(46) Not at all.
(47) They want the universal caliphate established across the face of the Earth...
(48) ...and they want every infidel converted or dead.
(49) So, what's changed...
(50) ...is that our allegedly unsophisticated enemy...
(51) ...has cottoned on to the factually unsophisticated truth...
(52) ...we're an easy target.
(53) We are an easy target...
(54) ...and our world as we know it is a lot simpler...
(55) ...to put to an end than you might think.
(56) We take our foot off the throat of this enemy for one minute...
(57) ...and our world changes completely.

Body of Lies, movie

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What does "cottoned on to the factually unsophisticated truth" mean?

"finally realized the simple truth"

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The character is speaking off the cuff, so you shouldn't expect stellar rhetoric. He says "factually unsophisticated truth" in an attempt to echo the "unsophisticated" in the previous phrase, but it has little rhetorical effect, and it is not any sort of fixed expression or idiom. He simply means "the plain truth", "a fact".

To "cotton on to" is in the dictionaries. I am used to "cotton to". It means to catch on to, to come to a realization of.

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Many thanks Clive and anonymous.