Kings of War, the Danger Room, and Building Peace have all linked a chart (courtesy of MSNBC News and Talking Points Memo) released by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which apparently sums up the entire Afghanistan surge in one, easy-to-read chart. Ready for it?
It all makes sense now!
While I have yet to read through this chart in full, the bizarre lines and ambiguous phrases bring back bad memories of the infamous "Powerpoint Slide of Win", which came out of US Central Command during the build-up to the Iraq War. Indeed, what could be simpler than this:
Seriously, it's worth looking at, although without any accompanying information to put the chart in context, I suspect I might not get much out of reading through the entire thing. Nevertheless, it will be well worth a detailed examination in full...
...after I leave Las Vegas, of course.