McCain Surveys the Battlefield

I have already commented that the selection of Sarah Palin by John McCain was nothing short of brilliant. It has left me wondering, “Is he really that smart?” or, “Did he just veer into something?”. I wonder, for example, when he made his decision. Did he have Sarah Palin in his pocket and wait for Obama to make the uninspired pick of Joe Biden, knowing that Obama being a hack politician would go the safe route? In any case, I believe it reveals that maybe his military training will be the difference maker in how this race plays out over the next 2 months. Even finishing 3rd from the bottom of his class, I am way sure he got more exposure to battle strategy than Mr. Obama ever did.

Now, I do not know whether they teach formally Sun Tsu’s, “The Art of War”, at the Naval Academy, but I would bet a dime to donuts that McCain has read it. Here’s a couple of great passages from Tsu:

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. – Sun Tzu, the Art of War

If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. – Sun Tzu, the Art of War