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When this ugly page of America History turns…..

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Over the past ten years, America has lost the image of the global leadership and Congress politically divided the country. Financially, Wall Street and greedy corporations take advantage of this corrupted political environment. Due to the war consequences, Wall Street scandal, dysfunctional Government, America’s economy is falling apart . Americans are suffering and paying the price of the shameful politics.

The image: A high rank officer by then went to United Nation to claim a war, because the accused country had WMD. The accusation was based on ambiguous evidence.

As a result of this war, American soldiers lost their lives, hundred of Billion  dollars were wasted, WMD was nowhere to be seen. Local people are living in the similar or worst harsh environment as before. New dictator replaces the old one…..Americans are not welcome there.

Afghan War is remained to be seen. So far a lot of similarity compares to the earlier war.

Arab Spring: America has a good will to spread the Freedom Concept. Let people have the Human Right and Freedom of Speech. It is a wonderful thing to guide the other countries.

However, if America puts its living model to another country without recognizing and understanding their cultural traditions, it may have problem to work.

The old dictator steps down, a new one comes out. The civilians are suffering during the struggling period. The wasted money goes to the dictator, the civilians have empty hand.

Wall Street Scandal: The mortgage scandal almost collapsed this country. One guy proudly claimed that his company lost $ 900 M for the mortgage deal, while he was testifying in front of the Congress. But somehow, his company received $60 Billion dollars from Aig…..

Americans are still suffering because this scandal. Wall Street is doing business as usual. Wall Street News is daily happening. Any rule is in their eyes. Everybody guess.

Corporations: Corporations are holding Trillion of cash in hand. Keep laying off people….Blame on the uncertainty. How can they make that much money without a strong country behind them. If  a real UNCERTAINTY exists, their companies will be shrinking or vanishing….

Oil company manipulates the oil price. They claimed it was ‘demand and supply’ equation. In 1972, it was so-called energy crisis.  It was said that there was no more oil in the world. Now, America has more oil than Saudi Arabia…..Congress is too busy……

The LBO has destroyed America’s foundation, “the Loyalty and Trust”. Workers are either forced early retirement or got fired. Just remember, who build your company. There are not enough money to replace your employee’s loyalty and trust.  They spend their life on your company…..It is part of the reason, why America loses the competitive edge.

Sun Tzu: You want the horses run for you, you need to feed them.

Congress: They may forget their duties as public servants. They don’t put the country first, …They keep arguing for their Party and protect the special Interest. America has built the debts since 80′. The wars, the scandals, the corporation’s greed are the factors to produce the current awkward situation.

America and Americans  have been suffering over ten years,  Congress, you are the one to fix or break this Wonderful country. Do something instead of Do nothing……..Turn this ugly page and begins a new chapter of America history, will you?


Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Visitors keep asking me to write more about ” The Art of War”….

In my previous blog, it strongly indicates that the original English translator, Mr. Giles did not bring out what Sun Tzu means. It is an excellent translation by surface. Almost everyone of later author keeps using it as a guideline. It creates a lot of misunderstanding……

Mr. Giles built a wonderful cultural bridge between the East and the West. That is his main purpose. There are some confusion in the book.  Different Asian experts used different historical example to explain the contents…..In my opinion, they may not thoroughly understand the materials. ” If they do, they don’t need so much examples to explain the definition of the contents.”

For example: ‘Chi and Ching’.  Ching means “traditional or general method;” Chi means ” flexible skill to deal with the changing environment. But the soldiers have to be well trained and absolutely obey the order.”

There is another example: “The war is already won before the war begins.”

It is absolutely mistranslated …….What Sun Tzu means that I know I will win the war, but I don’t expect  “when or how to win”, because, the battlefield keeps changing. Over expectation is a disaster….

Most of the readers feel nothing after they go through the other book. Because they are confused and get lost .  Without  the understood catalyst, they don’t think  deeper. People never can get the benefit from the materials.

My book is written in simple English and easy to understand. For THIRTY DOLLARS, it can benefit rest of your life, it is a deal……Once you understand the concept, you don’t need to read my articles. Even you go to famous university and also cost you a lot of money, you still get lost. My previous blogs have written down some key points of Sun Tzu Concept, it will help the new visitors.

If people ever visit my previous blogs right before the Presidential Election. See what I have written……It is Sun Tzu’s wisdom.

The strategy of winning team is doing as  identical as what I have said.  It is SUN TZU’S WISDOM.  I just understand a small part of the contents. It is not Malarkey, it is on my blog right before the campaign time begins.

The GOP team is over confidence and assume that the election is in their pocket. It is a good fight, but they miscalculate the middle class vote.  They ignore the civilian echo…The misleading TV Advertisements and money fail, because the candidate doesn’t express  concerning  about the little guys. He pays his mistakes.

Sun Tzu: Civilians will support you, if you sincere care them…..

Sun Tzu’s contents have been translated and spread over the world, it must be a reason. It is a Universal Concept, it is a book which people must read, if they want to succeed.  Over 2500 year period of time , only a handful General in China understood the materials…if people don’t get it in the early stage, don’t feel bad at all. It is a wisdom book, it takes time to chew on it.

Visitors keep asking for my email address, it is on the website,” art of war on wall”  People also can go to Face Book  under the name , “The Art of War on Wall Street or Y.K.Wong”……I write pretty often over there.

It is Thanksgiving time, nice to see a GA Senator breaks off the unpractical pledge. America and Americans have been suffering long enough in the past ten years. Time to change.

Sun Tzu: When the country had internal struggle and long time war, the incivility of society would happen and neighbor countries would start aggressive.

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Our current President has been elected by American citizens. A decent respect is a must in Public regardless of his performance and policy. We can share the different kind of opinion, but we can’t insult our President in public.

If we do, America will lose the image of global leadership.

CNN News: An idiot broke down the process of president speech and stood up as kindergarten kid. His attitude was absolutely not acceptable in that situation.

I wish he stands up like that in front of the OLD CHINA OFFICER…….

Without any question, America can balance the budget, if the Congress can work as a team. Raise the tax of the rich in short term and cut back the tax when the economy  completely recovers and the unemployment rate is under 4 1/2 percent. Stop the waste of giving away program and over built military might.

Stop the long term political war, America has lost the image of the fairness……The greedy corporations should put  back their profits to the country. Just think about that, without this strong country to support your success, you don’t have to-day.

Some American should fulfill their responsibilities and stop to take advantage of the system.

It is incredible to see that America has all the resources and talent esp. the technology….and the current situation could happen.

The Middle East environment is very sensitive, it is because America has lost the image of principle and fairness. Used to be, when America announces…people listen. Now a day, it may be another story.

On the news, Russian has sent the military weapons and people to Syria, it is very alarming…..

Someone may need to review the Art of War’s Principles….

Sun Tzu: Keep your adversary irrationally busy, worrying, confused,fearful and like to be your ally, if you want to be a global leader…..

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Currently America is a global leader in some way, but keeps busy moving the military units around the world, keeps worrying the whole world human right, and freedom, through the United Nation keeping the questionable allies….

It seems that a lot of contrast to what Sun Tzu  has to say. If Sun Tzu is the best military strategist,  then our leaders may need to review their planning.

America has been faithfully to help the world since the Second World War. The purpose is to keep the world peace and creates the world prosperity. When you help another country to grow up , you naturally create the competitions……

America has the best natural resources and human wisdom so as the technology. In reality, America can overcome this challenge without questions. This challenge makes the world better. That is America’s goal, that is America system. What is the problem?

Some political leaders and certain groups of organization keep complaining about the unfair challenges……

If America can send the spaceship to the Universe, or goes to the Mar, even Sun Tzu would agree that America can overcome  something that he can’t…..

“If Sun Tzu is alive to day, he will say that America has an internal problem .”

The extremity and obstructions of certain political leaders will cause this great country dearly. Look at the Wall Street. There are no rules and laws in their eyes. They do anything they want to. Because they can afford to pay $B of dollar fine and have political power. They can admit no fault. When the future oil trading is being investigated, the oil price goes down and a big bank loses multiple $B of dollars….When will it end ? Scandal waves move forward one after another. New IPO is on the NEWS. It is incredible!

Some ex-military officers have said there are not much competitions in term of military power in the near future. Why America needs more oxygenated problem plane……?

America has the budget gridlock, it can be done, if Congress can work together. If America can’t balance the budget, the world is not going to listen……..Can America to be a global leader under this circumstance ??

Know Yourself and Know the World…..Sun Tzu.

An Explosive Chess Game Can Go Both Way…..

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Sun Tzu: Let your defeated and wounded enemy find a way out…..Try to cut down the collateral damage….

Make ally for the future advantage. The General should not make an important decision, when he is  under pressure and anger……

If the purpose is for peace, the current formula is working , it may take longer time to achieve, it should stay on this strategy. The Cold War took over 20 years to win, In this case, the time also is essential. The planner and adviser should review Iran’s culture and religion, it is their strength.

Cultural strength can sustain a long, long time war. China and Japanese War is a typical example.

As Sun Tzu has said that don’t underestimate your enemy. When they are going nowhere, they will put their life on their God. They will do anything, because they think that is their God’s wish.

Iran still has a lot of weapons that can reach their neighbors and the oil refinery . Also they have their ally who likes to see America resources are being exhausted.

America just gets out of the severe Recession, a wrong move will go into another deep valley. America should keep friendship with the Asia Banker, because they can cause problems too. The medicine is for Iran, and don’t mix up with another drug to create more side effects. The wrong medicine can cause the liver and kidney failure. That relates to the  internal political struggle.

“If you are not my friend, then you are my enemy”…….This old concept may not fit in the current situation. No one can afford the physical war now a day. It will be an economic war, if there is one.

” Know Yourself, Know Your Adversary and Know the Circumstance”,  if you want to win the war….Sun Tzu.

The Depth of Sun Tzu’s Philosophy are pertinent to our daily life…

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Know Yourself and Know Your Circumstance……..Sun Tzu.

America is the land of opportunity. Often when people have all the freedom and their directions get lost . Their life will be led into a miserable situation……….

As a result of it, it produces 2% of super rich and 98% of poor……It is a fair game to begin with on this land of opportunity. When the smart guys build up their wealth , they also build up their networks and connection. Now they have money power as well as political power. Their fingers reach every corner of this wonderful land.  Without manipulation, capitalism should be a good system.

They write  up all wonderful songs and make you believe them. “Believe me, it is good for you.”  Take the Wall Street as an example.  It is a long term investment, let me have your money…  Don’t trade; but they trade. They even trade the FUTURE. Who knows the future?  Have you ever heard the insider trading before ? Find it out.


People should not completely blame on the Rich, you are part of the problem. You help them to meet their purposes. It is a fair game to start with. You let it happen.

“You believe what they say. You accept their invitation. You are willingly go into their toxic golden trap.”

I have heard that people only need three month savings for the unknown future. You will find a job within three months. Really?  What happens now ? When the environment changes,  you are screwed ! You will lose most of your wealth that you have built for years……Guess who will get your loss, the 2%.

I remembered when I was very young in Hong Kong and Macau, I only saw one kind of red color lipstick, it was in 50′. Now how many colors of them are on the market ? The worst part of them, now ,due to the fashionable society, the color of your lipstick has to match with your cloth color……so as the nail color….. For certain environment, they match with the shoe’s color too

Women Shoes keep changing shapes, such as ” round, square; high, flat heel; colors…” …All the fashion stands for only few months. It is on fire sale. Keep buying…

How about the dresses, no wonder the GOOD WILL stores are cross the country……

Poor fellows keep working. You work hard , you earn it…..Really?  Don’t feel too bad, You are not alone.

I have been wondering for many years. Why major business are in down town, but people are living far away from it. It is very different from foreign country. Local people told me that people wanted more relaxation after work……  If you are the 2% of rich, that is correct.

I live in GA.  If you live far away from down town and you work in down town, how can you feel relaxing when you get into highway 75 and 85 to work  in the morning or go home in the late afternoon…….Can you imagine that the time you have wasted on the highway each day ?  Time means Gold.  Time will never be back to you. life is one way ticket !!

Currently, some slum down town area are tore down and contractors  are building up many expensive buildings and houses……Strange things happen. Poor people will be kicked out from this area, because the property tax that they can’t afford to pay. They have to sell their property and leave.

No money down, no interest until so and so……keep buying. Credit cards are so convenient for daily life and business………Guarantee rate etc ….Banks can change the rate over night, because your credit is changed. Even you have excellent credit, they will change your rate, when the banks have the financial problems….Good credit system is a must, but unfortunately, the system is manipulated.

The credit agency changes your credit rate as long as some idiot reports you to them…not because you really have problem , it is their typing error or mistake…..Your record will be stuck for years…….You will pay their mistake , and you don’t even know.

You buy a house  to build up your future assets. Theoretically, it is a wonderful concept. When the huge institutions screw up the housing market, you are paying their greedy consequences. One of big financial institution told the Congress, we lost ‘$900 M’. for this mortgage deal, but later they  received ‘$60 B ‘ from a gigantic insurance company. It is the tax dollars.

Current news: A high rank officer resigned from this firm and stated that he resigned from there because of its toxic culture……They are too big to fall….

If a LBO or M&A happens to your working place, your retired security may be in trouble.

When you look at all the examples ( It is a small part of facts), all your hard work may  not support your future security, if you don’t know the circumstance, because there will be no money that are left for you.

Do you know yourself?  People are getting old, having no money and getting sick…….Can you imagine, that you are one of them ?  Dig the well, before you are thirsty.

Now the social security may be cut…..Hell, life goes on.

How to deal with it. You are responsible for your family and your  future. Prepare the rain coat before the rain comes. Know yourself and know circumstance as Sun Tzu said.  Read my book , it can help you.

Some people work extremely hard and save each penny and put it in their saving, that is very  good habit…However, they don’t eat right, they don’t live in a reasonable place, they don’t take care their health, they dis-respect the others, and take advantage of the others……..Only money are in their minds……

Please, don’t put yourself in this category, it is the worst one, because their minds are not even free !! Normal slave has a free mind as Wind……When environment is changed, they will be free……

Sun Tzu: One Step Ahead of Your Adversary…..

Monday, March 12th, 2012

News: Another Aircraft is traveling toward Middle East. It indicates that America is serious in business.

In the Art of War, Sun Tzu said that in case the war was unavoidable, every factor of war  ‘before and after’ needed to be under consideration…… The military might and image should be ready to go…

“The speech of President on Sunday is strong enough to make a final notice.”

Sun Tzu also said that if war started cooking , you should not let your adversary know what was your intention or your  internal affairs………’The weakness.’

Iran is a tough competitor. It has long history and culture. If they ever know  your  weakness and strength, it will be a  long battle. It has  proved in the past 30 years. They have been confined but they are surviving. They know America politics very well.

Some country said that the sanction was not working…..In fact, isolation is working, but America gave them too much space to maneuver. They feel pain but they are holding on, because of their cultural strength.  They are playing the chess game ahead of America. They find the time to do what they want…..The inch by inch strategy has succeeded their purpose.

Our leader should let them know, if the result of inspection is positive, their nuclear program must stop immediately without delaying……This surprised message will turn the game around. If the statement ” I mean what I said” has the legs to stand.    It is the Image !!

“The Chi and Cheng principle of Art of War can applies here.”    Flexible to deal with the circumstance.

If our leaders  see that it is the best way to maintain the peace for this part of earth.  Our leaders should not  let the internal politics affects the determined decision……The military power should act behind the image.  It is the Strength and Image as Sun Tzu said.

” Leader’s job is for the country and citizens, not for personal glory…”………..Sun Tzu.

Currently, America is moving the chess game after Iran. America is chasing their game plan. They decide what they want, the time is on their side. Need to change their game.

If our leaders can put the election as secondary, America controls the time to act. Iran will get the signal and they will give up their intention at least in the near future……..They don’t want to face the military disaster based on their leader’s  latest statement.  They are playing a marginal game. War is unpredictable. Only the wise people will try to avoid it.  Their leader made a short sentence about war conflict, something was spoken out ……

If this backward and forth situation continues,  the greedy corporations will take advantage of the uncertain future and will continue  jetting up the gas price,  the economy will collapse for sure…..The election result will be everybody’s  guess …This is the weakness of capitalism. “Manipulation.”

Just a thought, when I saw the News talking about  the aircraft journey…. ……

I work hard, I earn it…………..Really?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

I have been hearing this kind of saying daily in American society during the past 40 years . In the past, it is very true, because  ‘trust’  is the essence of this society. Just a hand shake, it is a gold contract.

Now a day, no matter what contract that you have, you may still  get screwed. Justice is there, but it depends on who you are and what is your connection…..

It seems that you are as a pair of nice shoes, after the shoes are wore out or the fashion having been changed, you will be dropped.       Know your circumstance as Sun Tzu said.

You put your life on a big company and expect the secured future……Once the company either LBO or A&M, you will be forced early retirement, if you are luck.  Most of the time you are fired. Then, you are facing your aged problem, no company wants you.

How can you avoid this kind of disaster ? Review The Art of War, you may catch its principles, ” Know Yourself, Know Your Adversary and Know the Circumstance”.

The translation of my book has better quality, it was blogged in the previous article. Western author has seldom understood Chinese cultural materials. Even Chinese scholars have problems about these ancient materials. You read it , you may not understand it. At the top of it, the translation is another problem.

For example, the few pages of TAI CHI theory, it has been read through  hundred of years by Chinese or Chinese Martial Art experts, how many of them can really understand them ? Only few!!

Wall Street means money and power. If you don’t really know them, you will be swallowed in terms of money……. Your hard earn money will be their luxurious bonus.  Pay attention to their psychological strategy daily.

All the financial products have sugar coats such as for your future financial security or for tax purpose…..the WMD  ( your children education) approaches to your heart,  once it kidnaps your attention. You are cooked. There are no free lunch.

It is your responsibility to know or understand your circumstance and yourself…if you are cheated, you are part of the problem…..Mr. Maddog’s case, it sounds familiar.. Something is too good to be true.

You think you work hard and  you earn it.  Most of the time, it may be not the case. If you are not careful about your circumstance, your hard work,  someone gets your harvest……

America is the land of opportunity……Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing……….However, freedom of speech creates too much con men and con women daily……They can rip off your life savings…

Look at the presidential candidates, except Mr. Ron Paul, their speeches are as sweet as artificial sugar …….It may have the healthy issue. Research is needed.

If you don’t want a dysfunctional Government, your vote is very important for the country.

Don’t stay in dangerous place as Sun Tzu said…….

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

America has completed  its purposes to destroy the terrorist organization and help to reform a new government of this mountain country. Even America has commitment to  do more training job for them, however their government can’t direct or guide their people to obey the order. It will be a very tough situation to continue the training operation.

The murderer is the one whom America soldiers are going to train and educate ……That kind of people may be  the infiltrated people of Taliban…………Current riot may be not just because of burning the old books. This intentionally murderous case can happen any time under this kind of environment.

Is it worth to stay there?    It is not America breaking  the commitment, it is their government not to fulfill their obligation or responsibility………This situation is hurting America image and soldier’s morale.

Their government is corrupted, the local people don’t understand why American are there ?  The Taliban are mixed up with local people and are looking for the opportunity to kill America soldiers.

” Make ally with local people, if you want to succeed, leave the dangerous place, if you don’t”get the support………..Sun Tzu.

Few years ago, I saw an article from a  magazine, if my memory is correct, it was written by the security expert, Mr. Brzezinski.  He said that Afghan was the important place for the military strategy. Well, if America can’t get their government  and local people support, how much advantage will be for the future. Risk/ reward equation may need to review. Circumstance is changing.

Compared to another situation, America needs to stay there to protect the vital interest and be ready for any circumstances. The oil is major factor for America economy…..

America is doing the proper strategy as the General, Dempsey and Mr. Brzezinski talked about on CNN.

Global conflicts are constantly changing as weather. This kind of war chess game is very hard to chew on. The changing color of hair is a signal of extreme stress….It is a very tough job !!

Some of the current presidential candidates push to war in the unthinkable manner. If hundred of thousand soldiers need 10 year to control  thousands of  adversary, think twice before starting another wide fire.

America is still a super power house in terms of Military Might, however, environment keeps changing  especially the internal problem exists .  Good news may be on the way, because our leaders are communicating ……..

Don’t get into the enemy’s traps……..

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Sun Tzu said that used your military strength to hit your enemy’s weakness.  It didn’t mean that used your fancy car to hit a 1922 farm truck…..

Don’t let your enemy knew your weakness and flexible to coordinate the soldier’s unit  as a circle defense…There will be no sign of deficiency and be ready to counter attack at any time…It will  never mean that set up the camp and wait to get beat…..

Make a strong relationship with local people………etc.

Current war has a lot of similarity to Vietnam war. Certainly, it is not a copy of it. It is not just few old book problems currently, it is the propaganda and local people’s frustration. It has been a ten year war, the local people are paying the consequences…..”Officers eat beef, citizen eat dirt.”

America soldiers will be very frustrated and morale will be affected too. It also indicates that just the Military Might may not win certain conflicts. Each conflict will be different………

Based on the News, the strategy has been changed..Use the drone and special unit for the future conflicts (terrorist attack).  That is a proper way to deal with it.

The drone can make the adversary  under psychological frightening 24/7, make them worry about their last hour any time. The special unit can wipe them out as long as the situation is allowable. Use the military mighty to support all the activities. That is what Sun Tzu means Military Strength. Cut down the collateral damage and save the resources…….

Those fanatic people have succeeded to exhaust America Resources . They take advantage of their terrain and their religious concept. Make good use of propaganda to train local people as explosive tools…….Mix with the local people after  or before an attack. It is very tough to win a conflict in this kind of environment, even America can control this situation temporarily, but the result is  very fragile. Plus  it will need huge amount of soldiers and resources……The current riot is an example.

“Send few packages through airline and it costs American couple of Billion Dollars…..”

Does America real know this enemy as  what Sun Tzu referred to ??

Their corrupted Government is part of the major problems. America’s  good will never connect to the local people, because local people do not get the benefit from America. If this corrupted Government does not correct its policy , no matter what America has done for them.  It will not work. Look at Asia as an example in the past.  This new Government will be over turned by the Taliban as soon as America leaves this country, period!  Their people don’t trust the Government. History repeats.

Iran’s delaying strategy may get backfire. It is a closed call.. Its corky attitude that doesn’t know how far it can go, will cost their country dearly. Time will tell.

United Nation Game is being played by the super power. America is putting a right Chess Move ,”watch and wait”. One wrong move, America will be accused as Colonial action.  ” Damn, you do it, damn, you don’t”. It sounds familiar.

Think thrice before each movement. America has been involving most of the major conflicts globally after World ll War. What is the result ? What is the purpose?  How much does it cost America resources and American lives? As a global leader, America should involve certain major conflicts, but not everyone of it………

War is the last tool to solve the conflict after all diplomatic ways are exhausted. Each conflict can be solved, if all party can sit back and reconsider the circumstances and consequences…….However, history says it all.