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Hypnotizing Chickens

April 27, 2010, 4:57 am

The New York Times discovers the perils of military powerpoint:

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy, but looked more like a bowl of spaghetti.

“When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war,” General McChrystal dryly remarked, one of his advisers recalled, as the room erupted in laughter.

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Those types of PowerPoint presentations, Dr. Hammes said, are known as “hypnotizing chickens.”

Way ahead of you, oh paper of record.

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