This chart/slide/tangled web of spaghetti does not fill me with confidence about Afghanistan:

It is all too reminiscent of this one:

The magical realism of the latter Powerpoint was going to make the occupation run smoothly, with the aggressive arrows on each side funneling the Iraqis into modernity: peace, democracy, and Starbucks. The former seems similar in its optimism that depicting the complexity of the situation will somehow make it better. But it does not explain or clarify that complexity, it simply duplicates it; Afghanistan’s dynamics as the smudged rendering of a slightly askew copy machine.