Deconstructing Escalation

Comic Transcript

MARK: You’re still angry about that?

GENERAL RICHMOND MONTGOMERY: It was sharp!

MARK: You’d just threatened to destroy my career!

GENERAL RICHMOND MONTGOMERY: Your threats were disruptive and crossed the line!

MARK: What threats?

GENERAL RICHMOND MONTGOMERY: You threatened to report your project manager for fraud!

MARK: He was committing fraud!

GENERAL RICHMOND MONTGOMERY: You threatened to buck the chain of command and go over my head!

MARK: Well you obviously weren’t going to do anything, and they needed to know!

GENERAL RICHMOND MONTGOMERY: You threatened to replace our office coffee with decaf!

MARK: OK, I admit that went too far.

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