The more things change, the more they are the same. A recent ABC news poll of commanders on the ground in Iraq, the commanders echo Sun Tzu. Quoting Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond in Sadr City:
"Instead of any time-based approach to any decision for withdrawal, it's got to be conditions-based..."
How long have politicians been getting this idea wrong. 2,500 years ago, Sun Tzu said:
"The army's position is made more difficult by politicians in three different ways.
Ignorant of the whole armyâ€™s inability to advance, they order an advance.
Ignorant of the whole armyâ€™s inability to withdraw, they order a withdrawal..."
Some politicians might understand the irony of history repeating itself here if we put it in French, "Plus Ã§a change, plus c'est la mÃªme chose."