The Strategic Weakness of Democracies

Sun Tzu invests are great deal of effort making it clear that we have to keep politicians out of making military decisions. His point is that politicians care more about their personal success than they do the health of the country. This is a particular difficulty of democracies where opposing parties can become the willing allies of a countries enemies in order to get power. For example, it has now come to light that Al Qaeda planned and predicted that the bombings in Madrid would put the Socialists in power and that, in return, the Socialists would pull Spain out of Iraq. The Socialists became the (unwitting?) allies of the terrorists in manipulating the political process. The question is: can any political party resist this temptation? Or can the voters in any Democracy understand strategy well enough to deny its country's enemies this type of victory?