The 3rd Iraq War in 3 decades: Pt1 Sun Tzu says what the hell do I know, I only wrote The Art Of War

Let’s see how many rules we can break

  1. “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
  2. “The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.”
  3. “There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.”
  4. “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
  5. “To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill”
  6. “Who wishes to fight must first count the cost”
  7. “The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
  8. “Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”
  9. “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.”
  10. “Move not unless you see an advantage;  use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.”
  11. “Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.”
  12. “If there is disturbance in the camp, the general’s authority is weak. ”
  13. “The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.”
  14. “We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors.”
  15. “No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.”
  16. “First lay plans which will ensure victory, and then lead your army to battle;  if you will not begin with stratagem but rely on brute strength alone, victory will no longer be assured”
  17. “Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory is won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.”
  18. “When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardour will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.”
  19. 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. So, too, it is better to capture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.”
  20. “All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”
  21. “Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content.
    But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”

All right that’s enough for one day 

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