Sun Tzu's Art of WarSubmitted by truxtonc on Sat, 06/25/2011 - 13:58
I was reading Sun Tzu's art of war. I think it may be worth reading in light of our current involvement with several wars and our economic situation. I would suggest it is a worthwhile read if you want to understand what's happening now. As we fight a prolonged war in the middle east Sun Tzu says:
"If the campaign is protracted the resources of the state will not be equal to the strain" and "There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare." As we deplete our resources, incur huge debts, could there be another war we are not aware of? Are we at war with China? An economic war?
More from Sun Tzu: "The skilled leader subdues the enemy's troops without fighting, he captures their cities with out laying siege, he over throws their kingdom with out fighting." and, "The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself," and "The General is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend," also "All warfare is based on deception, pretend to be weak that your opponent may grow arrogant, if his forces are united separate them."
"Thus it is in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory."
As we fight the wars in the middle east and squandered trillions in bail outs China has amassed a huge surplus of cash. They are buying oil leases, minerals, metals, farm land, enticed our companies to build their factories, taken our manufacturing technology and left us with high unemployment as our jobs are out sourced and we drown in debt with a huge trade deficit. We are at war with China and don't even know it.
I would like to add a Sun Tzu tactic of my own. The victorious strategist wages war with his opponent best when his opponent is not aware there is a war.