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- noun An
atmospherein which people claim to agreewith leadershipfor political reasons, even when they don't actually agree with leadership
- noun The state of being a
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With Germany reeling from Alamein and Stalingrad, it was prone to that "wishfulness" and "yesmanship" that are the cardinal sins of counter-deception.
The Chilcot inquiry has amply demonstrated the role of "wishfulness" and "yesmanship" in the decision to go to war.
Writing after the Second World War, Admiral John Godfrey, the former head of Naval Intelligence and the model for "M" in the James Bond novels (he was Ian Fleming's immediate boss), identified the twin frailties of German Intelligence as "wishfulness" and "yesmanship".
Our leaders cocoon themselves, refuse to hear unwelcome news, and reward yesmanship.
But I was rather hurt by the culture of ` yesmanship 'which affects the party too. "
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