Sun Tzu and Lame Ducks
For at least a year now I've been perplexed by the insistence on calling Bush a lame duck. I mean, lefties trotted out this meme mere months after he won reelection, which means we've been subjected to a tedious cycle of MSM stories about how he's triumphantly overcome his lame duck status, then reverted to it, then overcome it again, ad nauseum.
Opponents of Bush need to reread their Chinese philosophy.
As noted in the Tao Te Ching,
There is no greater calamity than underestimating the enemy. If I take my enemy too lightly, I am in danger of losing my treasures.Or, from the 36 Strategies,
"Pretend to be a pig in order to eat the tiger."
(spend a moment pondering that one, tadpole)
Or take what Sun Tzu (Karl Rove's personal Jesus) had to write on the subject of underestimating enemies:
If we respect the enemy’s strength and carefully study his movements, we will win. If we underestimate the enemy and do not consider the meaning of his movements, we will succumb in every battle.
(By the way, take some time reading the (very short) text of the Art of War in that link. It's remarkable how Bush's Iraq War violates every single principle.)
Thus one who is skilful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, according to which the enemy will act. He sacrifices something, that the enemy may snatch at it.
UPDATE: Using another animal world metaphor, I love this exercise in wishful thinking, but c'mon, who exactly are meant to be the sharks? Barack Obama and his pals?
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