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Letter: Trump may be following strategy set by Sun Tzu

With all of the hullabaloo from the Democrats and the liberals over Donald Trump being pals with cut throats like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un he may be following the strategy of an ancient Chinese General, Sun Tzu, whether he knows it or not. Sun Tzu was a general, military strategist, philosopher and writer who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China in the 5th century B.C.

Sun Tzu is widely credited as the author of “The Art of War” which has had a significant influence in military thinking in Asia and the West.

Among his many quotes is, “keep your friends close, your enemies closer.” So Trump meets with the enemy but is it a strategy? Sun Tzu, in his discussions of war professed that the ultimate art of war was to “win without fighting.”

It would seem Trump’s tariffs and sanctions are playing along the intent to win without fighting. Note his restraint with Iran who shot down a drone, damaged two oil tankers and held an American journalist captive when he could have easily obliterated Tehran. Instead he upped the sanctions and invited Tehran for talks. Shrewd strategy? I guess we will have to wait and see.

Ronald Frank


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