Monahan: ‘The Art of War’ could be instructive for the US


China’s President Xi Jinping appears to be following Sun Tzu’s military operation plan for winning a war before a military confrontation has taken place or begun.

“The Art of War” is a systematic guide of strategy and tactics for rulers and commanders and includes information imperative to a successful military operation.

Even though Sun Tzu’s classic military information was written in the fifth century, it has been instructive to modern combatants, such as Mao Zedong and, frankly, the current leadership of the People’s Republic of China, which is cognizant of its current capacity for victory.

I see President Xi as a learned leader, adhering to the basics of Sun Tzu’s effective policies, and the Biden administration incapable at all levels of competitive, successful impact. China has effectively achieved powerful status throughout the world, and the United States of America must be concerned with China’s danger to American individual and national security. The Biden administration seems drastically unaware of these increased military power strategies.

“The Art of War” stresses the importance of accurate information, covering enemy forces, dispositions, deployments and movement. It summarizes the simple axiom, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” The book recognizes the insistence on the close relationship between political considerations and military policy. Mao Zedong effectively followed these criteria with the conceptual “100-year marathon” he spoke of in 1949 — the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. So far, it has been quite successful in its competitive efforts with America.

America needs strong political leadership combined with the strongest military power in the world. China is currently on the path to achieve that 100-year marathon. America in all areas must continue to be a strong adversary to China.

It is imperative that America follow these basic, instructive, successful methods. No weakness must be allowed or ignored throughout our political and/or military prospectives!

May God always bless the United States of America!

Beverly E. Monahan


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