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The US Plan for Stabilizing Afghanistan

An actual chart from a, now infamous, presentation conceptually related to this post- How the Pentagon Manages Military Projects.

The McChrystal Afghanistan PowerPoint slide: can you do any better?

Well you can see why Nato hasn’t cracked Afghanistan yet. The Microsoft PowerPoint slide which drove US military General Stanley McChrystal to declare that “When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war” at a briefing in Kabul last summer has led to big questions about the world’s reliance on the presentation software.

Click on the picture for the full-sized version and marvel at the PowerPoint wizardry. I have a feeling that this won’t end well..


  1. September 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    When I was about twelve years old and starting to learn how to program, I thought to myself: it ought to be easy to write a program to conquer the world.

    First, you’d start with a function “take_over_world”, which initially does nothing.

    Then make it call some smaller component functions: “take_over_europe”, “take_over_america”, and so on, each which initially does nothing.

    Then make each of those call some smaller component functions… and so on until you work your way down to layers so small you can easily program them from scratch.

    This kind of reminds me of that.

  2. joe
    September 17, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Their own officers don’t understand the obsession with endless briefings and powerpoint sessions.


  3. Nestorius
    September 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

    This makes you want to puke.

  4. P Ray
    May 21, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Related: Afghan politicians and women’s rights activists are demanding justice after a political adviser and former prominent TV presenter was murdered in broad daylight.

    Mina Mangal, who worked as a television presenter before entering politics, was shot dead at close range in Kabul on Saturday.

    Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah vowed her killers would be caught.

    The motive remains unclear but one line of inquiry is a family dispute.

    In a statement released on Saturday, the interior ministry said that Ms Mangal, who was on her way to work as an adviser for the Afghan parliament’s cultural affairs commission, was shot dead around 07:20 local time.

    Cultural adviser but too stupid to understand that Afghanistan only has a lot of violent men left, because women chose to only breed with the violent men, indirectly sterilising the nonviolent men. But of course it’s men’s fault.

    Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, and civil society groups including the commission into violence against women, have called for a serious investigation into her killing.

    Ms Mangal had recently posted on Facebook that she had received threats and feared for her life, prominent women’s rights activist Wazhma Frogh said on Twitter.

    Can’t stop my tears at the loss of this beautiful soul. She had a loud voice, & actively raising voice for her people. In this Facebook status she says she’s threatened & she says she she trusts her Allah & that a strong woman isn’t scared of death. RIP Mina Mangal

    Ms Mangal separated from her husband two years ago, with her family filing a complaint alleging domestic violence at the time, Jamshid Rasooli, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, told the BBC.
    Again, someone forgot that in that country, separation doesn’t mean no contact.

    He said the case was referred to a family violence court and later dropped in a decision criticised by Ms Mangal’s family.
    And she still tries to build a life there? Some people have rocks in their head.

    Police are continuing their investigation into the murder and have not identified any suspects.

    Since Ms Mangal’s death, Afghan social media has been vocal about the levels of violence against women in the country. – BBC

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