Sun Tzu's strategy is all about seeing how the little piece affect the big picture. I am shocked how often decision-makers fail to ask the obvious question, which is, "Okay, if we do this, how will our opponents respond?"
Strategy requires doing a little simple arithmetic. You break big goals down into small, bite-sized goals that can be easily reach in a small amount of time given your available resources. This allows you to take the first steps on a larger campaign to see if those steps work. As time goes on, you learn to leverage your progress into larger and larger steps.
Strategy teaches that you cannot create your own opportunities. Your opponent has to create the opening for you. However, you have to know how to take advantage of the opening. In the run-up to the 2006 election, as this article about Democratic strategy points out, the Republicans have created an opening. but the Democrats will have a difficult time taking advantage of it.
This article in the UK's Independent suggests discusses the "inevitable loss of America's economic supremacy to China..." and in doing so points out the most basic mistakes people make in predicting the future.
Sun Tzu's strategy is based on the idea that battles are won by building up positions rather than destroying enemies. The core of every strategic position is a philosophy of shared beliefs. Winning belief systems think that, as long as people are free, they can convert other people to their way of thinking. This makes freedom the only cause worth dying for. Losing belief systems think that they must kill others to eliminate freedom in order to maintain their belief system.
Few things are as powerful as a clear definition. Once you define terrorism as "attacks on civilian populations for political power," the charges that US military operations are "terrorist" vanish. When it comes to racism, I like the definition offered by Mike S. Adams:
Racism is the tendency to interject race into situations where it is not relevant, merely for personal gain. A racist is one who interjects race into situations where it is not relevant, merely for personal gain.
In a recent article, former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, claims that "Good versus evil isn't a strategy." Nothing could be further from the truth. The core of all strategic positions is a philosophy. All wars are battles over philosophy. To be successful, a group has to believe that they are fighting for what is right and good. Albright accuses this thinking of being what boils down to being too simplistic.