"The Art of War" or "2500 years of wisdom ignored"

If only our proud nation's Commander in Chief and his minions had picked up a copy of The Art of War, wisdom from a man that lived 500 years B.C. (or B.C.E. if you're so inclined), before setting off to war on foreign soil.

Just two pages in, Chapter 1, Line 2-3:

"When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, the men's weapons will grow dull and their ardour will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.

Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain."

Ch. 1 Ln 6:

"There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare."

Ch. 1 Ln 10:

"...Contributing to maintain an army at a distance causes the people to be impoverished."

Happy Independence Day.

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Another quote from Sun Tzu that also applies:

"Victorious forces first achieve victory and then conduct battle; losing forces first conduct battle and then seek victory."

Fuck yeah.

Wisdom ignored? More like 'deliberately misplaced.' Our fearless leader may be inept, but I doubt he is entirely misguided. Gruesome reasoning can explain a lot of this, if not account for it.

My concern is over whether we as a country are still capable of facing the choice between withdrawing our consent and suffering severe consequences for giving it. The last election was not a good sign.