Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Just In Case You Hadn't Noticed

II. Waging War

3. Victory is the main object in war. If this is long delayed, weapons are blunted and morale depressed. When troops attack cities, their strength will be exhausted.

4. When the army engages in protracted campaigns the resources of the state will not suffice.

5. When your weapons are dulled and ardour dampened, your strength exhausted and treasure spent, neighboring rulers will take advantage of your distress to act. And even though you have wise counsellors, none will be able to lay good plans for the future.

6. Thus, while we have heard of blundering swiftness in war, we have not yet seen a clever operation that was prolonged.

7. For there has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.

Li Ch' uan: The Spring and Autumn Annals says: 'War is like unto fire; those who will not put aside the weapons are themselves consumed by them.'

-- Sun Tzu, "The Art of War", 4th century B.C.



"On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country."

Americans are asking: How will we fight and win this war? We will direct every resource at our command - every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war - to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror network.

This war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen.

-- George Bush, Public Address, 21st Century A.D.