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Slow Reactions from Republicans

As Sun Tzu says, speed is the essence of war. Can you imagine how big the story would have been if the National Security Advisor who had stolen secret documents had been Bush's instead of Clinton's? Democrats are much better at reacting to these stories. They fill the airwaves with high-ranking officials demanding action. One of the things that they would certainly demand is the public release of the documents involved. Since for national security reasons, the documents couldn't be

Humanizing Terrorists

The new TNT show, The Grid, makes a point of humanizing terrorists and being more accepting of "different" lifestyles. But Sun Tzu teaches that all war is about philosophy. A nation that doesn't believe that its philosophy is better and can't convince others that its philosophy is better, will always lose the war. In promoting the idea that all philosophies are equal, television is doing its part to end Western civilization, the philosophy that created television. The terrorists have no

NYT Strategy: Spinning New News from the Old : Part II

Actually uncovering plots is difficult. Reporting the news is costly. So the New York Times has figured out a new strategy for filling its front page by spinning old news into sinister conspiracies. The first example was Abu Ghraib, a crime that was duly reported when the military started investigating the charge in January.

NYT Strategy: Spinning New News from the Old

Actually uncovering plots is difficult. Reporting the news is costly. So the New York Times has figured out a new strategy for filling its front page by spinning old news into sinister conspiracies.

The first example was Abu Ghraib, a crime that was duly reported when the military started investigating the charge in January. However, it didn't become news until June when the media discovered that they could spin this story into a tale of Bush evil conspiracy

Leaving an Opening for The Enemy

One of the foundations of strategy is that we cannot create our own opportunities. Our opponents must create them for us. While this is a more complicated idea that it sounds at first, the presidential race gives us a new example (one of many that will come in the coming months). In a recent speech, Kerry promised to fight a "more sensitive war" against terror. When I first heard this, I knew that this statement was a great opening for the Republicans.

Election Postponement: Good for Democrats or Republicans?

In a radio interview today, I was asked if the recent story on a terrorist attack postponing the elections was released as part of a Democratic strategy to generate more fear of President Bush. I pointed out that it would be a better strategy for the Republicans to get the Democrats on record as saying that the election couldn't be postponed.
If there was an attack and Bush's popularity went up because of it, I could

Conspiracies, the News Media, and Strategy

One fact that all the conspiracy theorists get correct is that the news media gets it wrong. People like Michael Moore know that by attacking the press, they can increase their own credibility because the press is so often wrong. However, our warrior's rules explain what happens in the real world much better than any conspiracy theory can, and the principles of strategy are incompatible with most conspiracy theories because strategy teaches that events cannot be controlled and actions by groups cannot be kept a secret.
For example, the recent story about

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