What is ironic about Isaac Asimov's story "The Machine That Won The War"?

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Issac Asimov’s story “The Machine that Won the War” is ironic on a number of different levels and in a number of different ways. The story reports a conversation among three men who had been instrumental in helping the Earth win a long interplanetary war against the Denebians, who had now been “shattered and destroyed.” Most of the public credit for the victory had been given to Multivac, a gigantic underground computer that coordinated information in such a way that the leaders of Earth were eventually able to triumph.

Lamar Smith had served as Executive of the Solar Federation and was thus the leader of the war effort. John Henderson, as chief programmer of the enormous computer, had provided the data that Multivac had so importantly analyzed.  Finally, Max Jablonski had served as chief interpreter of Multivac’s output – an obviously significant job.  All three men, then, had played crucial roles in the successful war effort.  Without the input provided by Henderson,...

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