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August 14, 2017

America, Sun Tzu, and the Art of War

By Frank Li, Phd

After listening to Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Confucius, and Aristotle, let's listen to Sun Tzu (孫子), the author of The Art of War of more than 2,500 year ago, shall we?

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First off, who is Sun Tzu? Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Sun Tzu:
Sun Tzu (also rendered as Sun Zi 孫子) was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy. Aside from his legacy as the author of The Art of War, Sun Tzu is revered in Chinese and the Culture of Asia as a legendary historical figure. His birth name was Sun Wu, and he was known outside of his family by his courtesy name Changqing. The name Sun Tzu by which he is best known in the West is an honorific which means "Master Sun".
Quote #1 
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
He meant: President Trump, you are being tested.

Quote #2
In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
He meant: What's The Real Cost of The Iraq War?

Quote #3 
A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame.
He meant: Do Pres. George W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama qualify as Good Commander?

Quote #4 
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
He meant: This is why America has won almost all the battles, but lost almost all the wars, since WWII.

Quote #5 
Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.

He meant: What do Pres. George W Bush, Clinton and Trump have in common?

Quote #6 
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
He meant: The Pearl Harbor attack proved to be a huge mistake by the Japanese government, and America eventually won the war.  The Iraq War was obviously a huge mistake by the American government. Who has been held accountable? No one, yet!

Quote #7 
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.

He meant: Why such a big mess in Iraq today?  Leadership matters!

Quote #8

There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
He meant: No More American Troops to Afghanistan and overseas wars!

Quote #9 
Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men.

He meant: Love Our Soldiers, but Hate Our Wars!

Quote #10 
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
He meant: Is President Trump doing exactly the opposite?

Courtesy of Frank Li, Ph.D, Author of The GOP Bible for 2016 via Econintersect.com

The views and opinions expressed herein are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect those of EconMatters.

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