Posts Tagged ‘military strength’

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.

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.

Walmart and K-Mart: Rivals on the Battlefield

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Sun Tzu writes in The Art of War that advantage / disadvantage and strength / weakness are continually shifting, depending on the circumstances. Business can also be interpreted through the lens of Art of War principles, in terms of  businesses and corporations battling to capture the dollars of the public.

Everyone knows what happened to K-Mart when it did not accurately assess the threat from WalMart. K-Mart rose up in the early 60’s as an innovative marketing idea.  K-Mart built an image and a strategy to present products that matched the middle class consumer.  Unfortunately, due to overspending,  management problems, and lack of experience, K-Mart was eclipsed by WalMart, who all but wiped them out.

WalMart made use of what it had learned about K-Mart’s strengths and weaknesses.  Sam Walton started small, kept the inventory lean, and provided good service.  When WalMart started to get some market share, they began to “attack” some major cities.

In the 1980’s K-Mart recognized that WalMart was a competitor, but thought WalMart was too small to take as a threat. K-Mart assumed it was too big to ever be displaced by the new competitor.  In the end, K-Mart lost the battle, and WalMart is now king of the mountain. Had K-Mart heeded Sun Tzu’s motto of “Know yourself and know your enemy,”they might have survived.

On the world stage today, America stands in the same position as K-Mart did.  America is a superpower whose influence is felt everywhere.  Yet, America’s image started to wane after 1980.  The country, like the consumers living in it, has been overspending.  You can’t use credit cards to pay down debt. Nor can congress use credit to pay down debt. 

It is time to trim the inventory. When our country spends billions of dollars that have been squeezed from the citizens to support corrupt foreign countries, it does not make sense.  Apparently the citizenry of both Iraq and Afghanistan  want the United States to leave their countries. They see the U.S. as basically supporting a form of government that is not yet providing them with safety in the streets. The leaders, who are enjoying the infusion of U.S. dollars, speak mixed messages.

Other superpowers are busy investing in goodwill and business, rather than public dollars, in overseas countries, and may be getting better results than the U.S.  According to the “Dow Jones Theory,” our country’s strength is measured in terms of transportation, property, and energy.  The  American auto market has been losing to Japan, property has been depreciating, and oil has become more expensive. To quote Bonfire of the Vanities, we are “hemorrhaging money.”

American leadership cannot continue to waste time indulging in partisan ideological wrangling that does not address these issues.  It is time for our leaders to “either pee or get off the pot.”  President Obama seems to have taken a wise step in his intentions to bring a large segment of our military out of Afghanistan.

  Equal attention could certainly be given to unnecessary social welfare spending.  America cannot be considered strong if it is in fact being manipulated by its own politicians and special interest groups.  Sometimes “knowing yourself” can be painful.

Much more on the principles of The Art of War and on how they can be applied to your personal business success in my book The Art of War Applied to Wall Street.

Y. K. Wong

June, 23, 2011

“Superpower” —According to Sun Tzu

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

America is currently considered a “superpower.” Does America today fit the image of “superpower” as understood by Sun Tzu in his classic treatise, The Art of War?

Sun Tzu said that if a country is to function as a superpower, it must have an impeccable reputation for unity of purpose and a strong economy. 

To review Sun Tzu’s concepts:

The members of government and the people must be united behind the leadership.

The government must always choose diplomacy before resorting to warfare.

The primary intention of the military must always be to create a situation where the enemy is willing to surrender without resorting to actual physical warfare.

The military must not be interfered with by government leaders.

The military must not engage in warfare that is far distant from the home country.

The military must not engage in protracted military operations.

The military must have superb and totally secret intelligence-gathering.

The military must never reveal its operational plans to anyone beyond the leader of the country.

The military / government leaders must thorougly understand the culture and psyche of those foreigners they are dealing with.

If a superpower has taken control of another country, the primary intention must be to improve the lives of those they have taken over, so those citizens will more readily become  willing participants in the superpower’s domain.

The economy of the superpower must be stable.  Inflation and scarcity lead to civil unrest.

The citizens must not feel that they are being drained of resources to support unnecessary military actions or overpaid government officials .

I will leave it to the reader to determine if post-World War II  U.S. has been meeting the above-listed criteria.

Clearly, when a country’s image is shaken by continual political conflict within the seat of government, when its economic leaders are repeatedly being exposed for various types of unethical and exploitative activities, the solidarity of the purpose and identity of the populace is weakened.  And it is more than obvious that the leadership potential of such a country on the world stage is certainly eroded.

This is the position that America finds itself in today.   

This is not a time to waver in our expectation that our leaders and our economic institutions will perform their positions with integrity and higher purpose.  This is not done by pointing the finger at “wrongdoers” without thought to the ethics and standards of our own lives. This is not a time for self-righteousness.  But it IS definitely time to hold a  commitment to a cultural integrity that flows from the bottom to the top and back again.

“Vision” is not just for political campaigns.  It is the task of everyone, not just a political campaign platform, to create a vision. Vision is crucial if you want to see clearly into the future and have a part in what is created there.

Y.K. Wong

May 18, 2011

To learn much more about Sun Tzu and to get the most current translation of The Art of War, and how you can use the principles for your own economic strategy, get the book or the ebook of The Art of War Applied to Wall Street by Y.K. Wong, with Pat Kuzela.

Elections: It’s not about the Party, it’s about the COUNTRY

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Sun Tzu said that a strong country is one that is unified in support of its own government. But what are we seeing in our country these days?  “Nattering nabobs of negativity,” to quote that famous statesman, Spiro Agnew.

Yes, it is an election year, and issues need to be discussed, but ARE they?  It seems to me that there is a lot of schoolyard mud-slinging instead of the constructive and unifying ideas that uplift the people and the country as a whole.

Focusing on the questions of “Who might control Congress,” etc. is not really forward-looking thought.  It is divisive.  It is not about unity.  A country that is not unified in its goals and intentions is not a strong country.  A divided country cannot be a Superpower. 

A bickering, petty gaggle of policians  jockeying to promote their agendas ( i.e. the rewards of their special-interest groups) are certainly not an inspiration to the younger generation of our country.  Prominent business leaders and CEO’s who have lined their pockets at the expense of the taxpayers have been an embarrassment to the country, and a disillusionment to our youth.

The kind of government that Sun Tzu advocated was a government of leaders, of statesmen, not of petty politicians.  Sun Tzu’s vision of a leader was one that not only had the loyalty of the citizens, but also of the military.  The military functions at its best when there is belief in the cause of the country as a whole. Pride in one’s country is a key to military strength and image.

As citizens we have an obligation to ourselves and to our younger generation to discern which candidates truly have the interests of the people first and foremost in their policies, and to get out and vote for them.

Our Leaders Need to Review “The Art of War”

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I have not discussed current politics on this blog before.  However, the news clips on CNBC of President Obama’s Town Hall meeting in Washington, DC, on Monday (Sept. 20) have stimulated me to make some comments.  For those who did not see the report, it involved a citizen who told President Obama that she was “exhausted” from trying to defend his policies and from trying to maintain her own economic stability.

Basically, she said that it seemed that he has not been able to keep his campaign promises.

From The Art of War perspective, it is the leader’s role to set goals, determine the principles, communicate with citizens, and build trust. In this case, the leader has inherited a host of problems, yet he chose to become our leader.

If he keeps his eye on his stated goals of helping his country, then he must put aside his own political ambitions, and stick to what he believes is best for the overall country.  It would be wise for President Obama and all others who wish to do what is best for our country to heed the wise words of President Obama’s own father, Barack Obama, Sr., who told his political colleagues in Kenya, “Tribalism will be the ruin of Africa.”  (From Barack Obama’s book, “Dreams of My Father”).

 Africa is still learning this the hard way.  The Middle East is learning this the hard way.

Whether it is tribalism of ethnic groups or tribalism of political parties, or religious groups, it is still tribalism.

Congressmen as well, are obligated to put tribalism aside and actually work for the common good of the country.  What is “exhausting” to the citizens is the continual push and pull of the political tribalism.

Right in Chapter One of The Art of War, Sun Tzu clearly states the importance of the citizens and the government to be of one mind in order for a nation to have a strong presence in the world.  We are all in the same ship.  If the ship sinks, we all go down.  Therefore, it is also the obligation of the politicians who represent us to keep their focus on solving the problems before us, and to put aside their agendas for personal aggrandizement.  As Sun Tzu said, the bottom line is that the “General’s” decisions are to be made ONLY on the basis of what is best for his country and its citizens, and not for the advancement of his own career or reputation.

Preparing for the Confrontation

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Everyone who has ever read Chapter 11 of The Art of War has read the statement that “the General’s” job is planning and analysis in regard to oneself and the adversary. However, a very important aspect of this planning that is rarely noticed by readers is the role of preparation.  There are different degrees of preparation.  There is a preliminary level of preparation that must take place before the actual physical preparation.

While it is obvious to most readers that “the General” is completely responsible for the training and morale of the troops, there is another, less obvious point that Sun Tsu presents, that is often completely missed by the ordinary translator and the typical reader.

In one brief phrase in the text, the point is made that there is the need for the “General” to have an ongoing practice of quiet time for contemplation. He must plan to  have opportunities for frequent segments of time when he can clear his mind of all extraneous thoughts, and focus entirely upon analysis and re-analysis of all the potential battle scenarios.  That requires continual evaluation of not only strengths and weaknesses of the forces involved, but also ongoing re-evaluation of all of the “Five Elements”:

1.Dao–the unity of purpose

2. Heaven–the weather and climate

3. Terrain–the limitations or opportunities afforded by the landforms

4.  The General–the military leadership

5.  Law–all the systems required to support and manage a military force.

The necessity for contemplation on the part of “the General” is stated in just a few words in Chapter 11, which  if only directly translated on a superficial level are often completely missed. The present translations, even the Chinese translations, usually only convert this phrase to ” ‘the General’s’ duty is to be quiet and to think”.  But there is more to it than that. There is more to this passage than the surface translations offer.

Without a regular practice of quiet contemplation, “the General” cannot adequately plan strategy and consider all the ramifications of the Five Elements. He cannot begin his preparations until he has completed this process.

 He must keep his own counsel, and not discuss the options with others.  The “General” cannot maintain the secrecy that Sun Tzu considers the most important aspect of battle strategy if he consults with anyone other than himself. He alone is the one who must consider all the pros and cons, make the decisions, and tell no one until it is time to make a move. 

Readers who would like to explore more of the nuances and subtleties of The Art of War will find a gold mine in The Art of War Applied to Wall Street, because it contains a complete Chinese-English translation of the text.

The Role of “Image” in Military Success or Failure

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

In most translations of The Art of War, the importance of  “Image” is not adequately explained. Most translators use the word “Energy” to address the topic.  Furthermore, previous translators discuss this so-called “Energy” mostly in terms of  military “strength.”

 Readers who explore the forthcoming book, The Art of War Applied to Wall Street, will be treated to a complete and thorough translation of the entire Art of War as bonus material.

This new translation is a much more accurate one.  What others have rather nebulously named as “Energy” is actually the the power of “image.”  This topic will be thoroughly explored in Chapter 5 of the portion of the book devoted to the translation of the actual Art of War text.

Let’s look at “image” in a familiar context through the mindset of Sun Tzu.  Take the image of Germany under the leadership of Adoph Hitler during the World War 2 period.

In the early years of Hitler’s leadership, he had attained the support of most of the people, a key Sun Tzu element.  He built up a military force that was universally recognized as a strong one that was extremely mobile, could attack quickly with lethal force, and get out again quickly.  Again, all key elements of The Art of War.

As a result, the German military had a fearsome image that caused enemies to surrender quickly or to negotiate and become allies.  Here again is an Art of War concept.  “Make the enemy surrender without fighting,” and incorporate territory with little collateral damage.

The image resulted in a psychological advantage that created the leverage he needed to cause his adversaries to capitulate.

As the concept of this book, Art of War Applied to Wall Street, began to take form in my mind, I came to realize that Wall Street has a very similar effect upon people.  It seems so monolithic and so impenetrable, and there is so much “analysis” offered, that the individual feels overwhelmed. Not knowing who or what to trust, one can end up surrendering his or her capital to the stock market without understanding that much of what is presented is simply “image.”

In my book, I have set out to present to the reader an approach, using most of Sun Tzu’s concepts, to dealing with of the Wall Street “adversary.”

Footnote to history:  When Hitler lost his campaign against Russia in the Battle of Leningrad, his image was badly tarnished, and the German forces were no longer considered undefeatable.  As described in the blog discussing the Battle of Leningrad [excerpted from my book], Hitler had violated so many precepts of The Art of War, that his downfall was inevitable.

Military Strength and “Image”

Friday, April 16th, 2010

“Military Strength” will be explored in Chapter 4 of The Art of War Applied to Wall Street, and “The Power of Image” will be discussed in Chapter 5 of the book.

As students of Sun Tzu are aware, the underlying premise of Sun Tzu’s military theory is that ideally there is no need to have an actual physical military battle.  Sun Tzu teaches that a country must build up an undefeatable military force that projects such an image of power that it serves to influence the enemy to give way in diplomatic negotiations before a battle is even fought.

What is the essential component of an undefeatable military?  It is the psychological advantage.  Sun Tzu’s principles of psychological advantage are explained in depth in the book.

The concept that “Image is everything” is a key element in Sun Tzu’s philosophy.  The image of the potential power of a military force is the linchpin of Sun Tzu’s concept of the right use of military force.  Sun Tzu said, “Whether the military unit is small or large, the same principle applies: you want to be perceived as a rock that is about to hit an egg.”

The shrewd use of chi and cheng play the pivotal role in the image of invincibility.