The best way to win a war.

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by Daecon, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Let us consider a career diplomat, April Glaspie and her 6 trillion dollar mistake.
     
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  3. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    So you think that was a mistake, on her part?
     
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  5. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps, perhaps not.

    I was giving her the benefit of the doubt.

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  7. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    It was a mistake for Saddam to think that Saudi would accept the fait accompli, meaning the US would be in the game HYAKU.
     
  8. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    what means HYAKU?
     
  9. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Japanese for "in a hurry".
     
  10. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    So Saddam made the mistake. Next question: did Glaspie know she was setting him up?

    Because one way to "win" a war is to get it the other guy to start it - on your terms.
     
  11. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    No clue. I was failing German and Math for Mathnogstics at the time.
    "on my terms"? On my terms both sides would win a war by not fighting it.
     
  12. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Amen to that brother.
     
  13. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Sure - but you're sane.
    Remember to vote accordingly.
     
  14. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Silly Party it is, then.
     
  15. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Sounds like the best solution. Why does it seldom work that way?
     
  16. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

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    Both want peace on their terms

    Who blinks first in war looses

    Negotiation then favours the non blinker

    Non blinker has the "Give me what I want or we go back to war" card

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  17. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu.

    Alex
     
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  18. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Did he ever do that?
     
  19. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    He probably won every war he never fought.
    Alex
     
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  20. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Makes me miss Armchair General magazine.
     
  21. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Really hard to say
    By and large: Historians do not mention battles that did not happen.

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    anecdote:
    sarg to grunt: "Why in hell are you looking at the ground? Look for charlie in the treeline!"
    grunt to sarg: "Sarg, I can't see charlie if he's hiding in the trees."
    sarg to grunt: "Charlie don't know that!"
     
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  22. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Charlie did know that, that's why he hid in the treeline.
     
  23. Lookingfor... Registered Member

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    I agree with cosmictraveller. Never enter a fight you cannot win. Also, never strike first. This is the rule of engagement (as seen in Top Gun.) "Do not fire until fired upon." We'd have peace on Earth if everyone followed this rule. Anything else is self-defence. ☺
     

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