Telling your enemy what you're going to do in the future is among the worst things a commander can do. Telling your enemy something that will cause them severe political damage is among the best.
This looks self evident. Probably both ideas can be found in Sun Tzus art of war.
Both are wrong
If I may ask, what are you meaning by both are wrong?
I don't know that telling an enemy something that would cause them political damage is the kind of thing they'd share. It's hard to imagine how that could even work. If it was a public announcement, most people would just ignore it as propaganda.
I assume you're alluding to the supposed claim from the Taliban that they want to start kidnapping more military members? It's utterly silly for anyone to take that seriously.
Reminds me of when bin laden said he wanted Kerry to win, when he knew Bush would actually be the best recruiting tool he could have.
I feel like I want to go back & read Machiavelli again.
PSA: If you weren't already aware, Machiavelli was a satirist, and The Prince was never intended to be taken seriously. True fact.
I know and even for satire it's still good advice
I'm with Matt!
I don't know. For me it depends on the power dynamic. With enemies close in power, telling them your plans means they can check you. If the power differential is extreme on your side, telling them what you are doing, then doing it shows extreme
..contempt for your enemy, or demonstrates quite profoundly who actually has the power.
I can go along with that.
Now, I wonder what the Taliban commander Time interviewed was doing.
IDK, but I can tell you Obama didn't do us any favors. The release was suppose to bring some nice publicity, but it backfired.
...because people like you will find some reason to hate Obama for anything that happens, be it good, neutral, or evil. /shrug.
God bless your arrogant soul.
Political-calm down. No need to bring God into this
And Aran-no need to randomly make accusations.
Awe! Now the police comes to the rescue!
Oh! How I love Barney Fife!
Political. I was meeting my dad's girlfriend for the first time. No need to be like that
What does that first part have to do with anything? Lol
When someone snaps at me, I don't sit back like our liar in chief. I call it like it is.
No I meant the whole police thing. I assumed that was a snide at me for commenting when I did
Oh! You assumed correctly. You might have a nice career in the NSA if you keep up the good work, buddy!