09-26-05 - China

09-26-05 - China - China Continued 1 Quick Evaluation of...

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China – Continued 9/26/05 1. Quick Evaluation of SunTzu a. Good Parts i. Perception of Link Between War and Politics 1. “War is an extension of politics by other means” – Clausewitz 2. Necessity of alliances ii. Incorporates all the modern principles of warfare 1. Clear objective 2. Need to go on the offense to win 3. Economy of arms 4. Strike where the enemy is weak 5. All are stated either explicitly or implied iii. Striking how conscious he is of war’s costs 1. He was the advisor for princes 2. Cannot go for broke in war if you want a future iv. War = Deception 1. Eliminates the moral considerations of war 2. Aware that victory can be obtained with tricks + deception v. Emphasis on Intelligence 1. Overall approach need to know how strong the enemy is, geography etc… vi. Regard of Topography and One’s Ability to Exploit It vii. Striking how much weight is given to the mental state of the army 1. Appreciation of your enemy’s outlook and previous experience b.
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