Folks who are on them look at them and then complain about the fine-tuning of whether they should be more or less in favor of escalating and/or staying a 'long time' in Afghanistan.
I'm where Chuck Hagel is basically -- though he is a ring away.
This chart was inspired by the "Morse Target" on Japan, which measured US policy wonks on how hard or soft they were on US-Japan trade policy. Did people want to get tough on Japan -- or go easy? Japan-hand Ron Morse developed the target which was then popularized and distributed by Mindy Kotler, now the Director of Asia Policy Point in Washington.