Aphorismus #831

Art of War

Afghanistan Stability/COIN Dynamics Security
Slide from a military Power Point presentation (Source: Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)

Und das meinen die begeisterten Kritiker:

… striving to create works that are easy to comprehend has never been a strong point for postmodern conceptual artists…
While their work has a strong political dimension, the Joint Chiefs have to their credit avoided the tedious moralizing so common with much of today’s political art. By dispensing with outdated notions of craft, skill, and narrative (at least one that makes any sense), the Chiefs have given us a hardheaded no-nonsense look at what really lies behind America’s “necessary war” – confusion, bewilderment, and stupefaction
Mark Vallen, COIN: Pentagon Postmodern

And You Thought Health Care Was Complicated?
Seth Weinberger

When we understand that slide, we have won the war.
Der ehemalige ISAF-Kommandeurs General Stanley A. McChrystal

Es gibt aber auch negative Kritiken, die aber nur zeigen, dass ihre Verfasser NICHTS verstanden haben:

I believe that this is a case of a bad workman blaming his tools.
Joey deVilla, PowerPoint is NOT the Enemy

For headquarters staff, war consists largely of the endless tinkering with PowerPoint slides to conform with the idiosyncrasies of cognitively challenged generals in order to spoon-feed them information. Even one tiny flaw in a slide can halt a general’s thought processes as abruptly as a computer system’s blue screen of death
The commander’s immediate subordinates, usually one- and two-star generals, listen
to the CUA in a semi-comatose state. Each briefer has approximately 1 or 2 minutes to impart either information or misinformation. Usually they don’t do either. Fortunately, none of the information provided makes an indelible impact on any of the generals.
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D., colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and a veteran of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq – Bis zu diesem Kommentar.

Aufmerksam geworden bin ich auf dieses grandiose Stück Kriegskunst auf telepolis: Der Krieg und PowerPoint von Florian Rötzer


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