Attack Weak Points, Not Strong: Wesley Clark's Mistake

Sun Tzu's strategy teaches that you attack the weak points not the strong points of your opponent. Politicians (and business people) make this mistake constantly, but military people usually know better. Wesley's Clark's recent criticism of McCain's military service demonstrates that he is more of a politician than a strategist. What can be gain by attacking McCain on the basis of his resume? Such attacks only draw attention to Obama's much weaker resume, especially in regards to being commander-in-chief of the military. It is not like McCain doesn't have plenty of weak points that are open to attack: his unclear philosophy, the climate of the times, and his poorly run campaign are where Obama supporters should be aiming their blows. Republicans, on the other hand, should be attacking Obama at his weak points: character and his historical distance from the ground in the West, South, and rural areas everywhere else. When you aim at weaknesses, people understand your attacks. When you aim at strengths, you can only damage yourself. As Sancho Panza said in Don Quixote, "It doesn't matter if the jug hits the rock or the rock hits the jug, in the end, it is going to be bad for the jug."