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Mattwall1 June 7th, 2014 5:39pm

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.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
06/07/14 5:47 pm

This looks self evident. Probably both ideas can be found in Sun Tzus art of war.

Mattwall1
06/07/14 4:51 pm

If I may ask, what are you meaning by both are wrong?

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/07/14 12:01 pm

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.

kermie gaytopia
06/07/14 11:28 am

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.

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kermie gaytopia
06/07/14 11:29 am

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.

imanag My heaven on Earth
06/07/14 11:22 am

I feel like I want to go back & read Machiavelli again.

Arananthi Literal Ninja
06/07/14 12:33 pm

PSA: If you weren't already aware, Machiavelli was a satirist, and The Prince was never intended to be taken seriously. True fact.

Mattwall1
06/07/14 12:35 pm

I know and even for satire it's still good advice

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/07/14 10:49 am

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

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/07/14 10:50 am

..contempt for your enemy, or demonstrates quite profoundly who actually has the power.

Mattwall1
06/07/14 10:47 am

Now, I wonder what the Taliban commander Time interviewed was doing.

political Georgia
06/07/14 10:55 am

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.

Arananthi Literal Ninja
06/07/14 12:34 pm

...because people like you will find some reason to hate Obama for anything that happens, be it good, neutral, or evil. /shrug.

political Georgia
06/07/14 1:22 pm

God bless your arrogant soul.

Mattwall1
06/07/14 1:29 pm

Political-calm down. No need to bring God into this

Mattwall1
06/07/14 1:29 pm

And Aran-no need to randomly make accusations.

political Georgia
06/07/14 1:40 pm

Oh! How I love Barney Fife!

Mattwall1
06/07/14 1:42 pm

Political. I was meeting my dad's girlfriend for the first time. No need to be like that

political Georgia
06/07/14 1:43 pm

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.

Mattwall1
06/07/14 1:45 pm

No I meant the whole police thing. I assumed that was a snide at me for commenting when I did

political Georgia
06/07/14 1:47 pm

Oh! You assumed correctly. You might have a nice career in the NSA if you keep up the good work, buddy!