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This NY Times article maybe offers some insight into the problems we face in our wars abroad… Again, more evidence of a systematic approach to problems that perhaps cant be solved with flowcharts and diagrams, boxes and arrows…

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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