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Al-Qaeda Incorporated

The US says it has killed yet another "senior al-Qaida leader". Not bin Laden, someone a few boxes down on the org chart.

You can tell that the folks running this war have spent their entire lives in politics or the military. If they had spent some time in the business world, they'd know that the quickest way to cripple an organization is to increase its ranks of middle-management, not thin them.

Instead of firing laser-guided missiles at these guys, we should be sending them laser pointers and complementary copies of Powerpoint.

Posted on May 03, 2007 to Observations


Ideally, we would also send them to lots of those seminars where motivational speakers spend hours talking about teamwork and leadership. Plus the ones about cultural sensitivity, workplace safety, corporate ethics, computer user ergonomics and disaster preparedness. By the time they had done all that, the war would be won.

Posted by: mdrohl on May 3, 2007 12:26 PM

Ain't it the truth?

Good reading son.

Posted by: Wickwire on May 3, 2007 12:56 PM

mdrohl -
You sure that won't just produce even more angry, confused, disillusioned young men?

Posted by: jisch on May 3, 2007 2:12 PM

Click to add Jihad.

Posted by: LAN3 on May 3, 2007 4:56 PM

In fact, the DoD has banned powerpoint at the Pentagon because of the tech/admin overhead, the bullet-point mindset, and the general productivity losses associated with endless tinkering with transitions and such. Apparently Powerpoint is something we wouldn't use ourselves or on our worst enemy.

In any case, bomb the enemy with Administratium-based weaponry would be unforgivable.

Posted by: LAN3 on May 3, 2007 5:04 PM

Good idea. When they start sending out Management Directives and holding 30-and-out rallies, we know it is time to implement phase two, the aptly named "Misson: Furlough."

Posted by: Farhibide on May 3, 2007 7:29 PM

Conjuring up mental image of Dilbert bin Laden ...

Posted by: gruve on May 3, 2007 8:26 PM

LAN3: I thought the Pentagon's main purpose was to have a bullet-point mindset.

Posted by: a snide commenter on May 4, 2007 6:14 AM

Not many people realize that a shell corporation owned Al Qaeda payed Jack Welch consulting fees in the early '90s. Since then they've cut their bottom 10% peformers every year. Cooncidence? I think not.

Posted by: Lost Poke on May 4, 2007 7:34 AM