“When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war”
A picture says a thousand words, they say. Well, news arrives on your humble correspondent’s desk of a fabulous powerpoint slide that has baffled the greatest military minds.
General James N. Mattis, the Joint Forces Commander, isn’t taking any prisoners in his approach.
‘PowerPoint makes us stupid,’ he growled at a military conference in North Carolina.
Brigadier General H.R. McMaster went one step further and banned the presentation package when he led an offensive in Tal Afar, Iraq, in 2005.
‘It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,’ he told the New York Times. ‘Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.’
The slide above shows what the military leaders are up against – a league of junior officers who spend their military lives creating powerpoint slide shows.
A picture might say a thousand words – sometimes – but equally a picture can obfuscate, declarify and hide the truth.
Be careful out there.