The Art of War. Something General Powell evidently forgot.
Sun Tzu said: [...] The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline. The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger. Heaven signifies night and day, cold and heat, times and seasons. Earth comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and death. The Commander stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerely, benevolence, courage and strictness. By method and discipline are to be understood the marshaling of the army in its proper subdivisions, the graduations of rank among the officers, the maintenance of roads by which supplies may reach the army, and the control of military expenditure. These five heads should be familiar to every general: he who knows them will be victorious; he who knows them not will fail. Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise:-- (1) Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law? (2) Which of the two generals has most ability? (3) With whom lie the advantages derived from Heaven and Earth? (4) On which side is discipline most rigorously enforced? (5) Which army is stronger? (6) On which side are officers and men more highly trained? (7) In which army is there the greater constancy both in reward and punishment? By means of these seven considerations I can forecast victory or defeat. [...]
[...] In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign, collects his army and concentrates his forces. When in difficult country, do not encamp. In country where high roads intersect, join hands with your allies. Do not linger in dangerously isolated positions. In hemmed-in situations, you must resort to stratagem. In desperate position, you must fight. There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must be not attacked, towns which must be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed. The general who thoroughly understands the advantages that accompany variation of tactics knows how to handle his troops. The general who does not understand these, may be well acquainted with the configuration of the country, yet he will not be able to turn his knowledge to practical account. So, the student of war who is unversed in the art of war of varying his plans, even though he be acquainted with the Five Advantages, will fail to make the best use of his men. Hence in the wise leader's plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together. If our expectation of advantage be tempered in this way, we may succeed in accomplishing the essential part of our schemes. If, on the other hand, in the midst of difficulties we are always ready to seize an advantage, we may extricate ourselves from misfortune. Reduce the hostile chiefs by inflicting damage on them; and make trouble for them, and keep them constantly engaged; hold out specious allurements, and make them rush to any given point. The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable. There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: (1) Recklessness, which leads to destruction; (2) cowardice, which leads to capture; (3) a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults; (4) a delicacy of honor which is sensitive to shame; (5) over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble. These are the five besetting sins of a general, ruinous to the conduct of war. [...]
Powell is suffering from a blamestorm. Powell, in the midst of combat violated three of the five sins of a General; (1) Recklessness, (2) cowardice and (4) a delicacy of honor.
Sixteen klicks out of the Big B during Desert Storm, the mighty American military, on the verge of smashing the Iraqi Army, allowed the Iraqi Army to rebuild to come back another day. This was, is and will always remain unforgivable. Everyone knows, as he does. The shame of it all surely haunts him.
Ten miles out of the Big B, General Colin Powell gave the orders to cease fire thus leaving the Iraqi Army with a rebuilding capablity and that is a major faux pas in war. If you are going to make war, you make war in its entirety.
A good leader in battle will not leave an enemy the ability to make war any time in the near future. A good leader in battle will ultimately destroy the enemy to the extent that it will take decades, perhaps longer, and even generations to come to even begin to think about rebuilding to any viable degree. This "we" did not do during Desert Storm and "we" spent a decade plus two watching Iraq rebuild. Then we went back to finish what Colin Powell denied "us"...to achieve victory.
A good leader in battle leaves the enemy defenseless coupled with the inability to return to the battlefield. It's called evisceration.
A good leader in or out of battle will never forsake their Oath of Service. Ever. And, in that Oath of Service, there is a specific reference to the unchangeable and irrevocable. That reference is to protecting and defending the United States Constitution against both foreign and domestic enemies. Colin Powell was hated by the Democrats until he became one. No. He didn't change "party affiliation" directly. He became one when he threw his Oath of Service to the winds and supported, sanctioned, promoted, endorsed and voted for an Enemy of the State; Barack Hussein Obama. It was then that he became beloved of the Democrats both in the Democrat Party and the Democrats in Drag in the Republican Party.
To date, as far back as I have researched, Barack Hussein Obama does not intend to defend and protect the United States Constitution. It is in his way. He has even said so in the public arena. That is why he is popular among all of the other Enemies of the State, primarily the make up of the Democrat Party leadership.
Since Ronald Reagan, approximately 85% to 90% of the Bills, Policies and other silliness coming from the Federal Government has been in fact unconstitutional. I lifted up an invitation to any member of the American Leftinistra to prove me wrong but none have accepted that challenge - because they know I am correct. And, I dare say, none will accept this invitation either. That is due to one of three reasons or perhaps all three: (1) I am correct; (2) they have no knowledge of the USC; (3) they are cowards.
Since the possible illegal alien was elevated to his current stature, not one item of interest that has been vocalized, written or signed into law is constitutional. Not one and Colin Powell supports Obama. How shameful is that? He has shed his Oath as Murtha has and that, in the military world, is an unforgivable sin. For political power and personal prestige, he surrendered his honor for a mere pat on the back and acceptance because he could not atone himself for the decisions he made in Desert Storm. I saw it in his body language during the lead-in to Iraqi Freedom.
And now, in his hour of desperation, he wants to drag into his self-made personal and professional quagmire, the rest of the Nation proving the adage, misery likes company. This DAV ain't buyin' into that treasonous poison trip to obscurity, Cur. Drag yourself into that pity party you are having and leave the rest of us that had to correct the errors of your cowardice alone. Because of you, Colin, we had to go back and finish after 12 years of Iraqi sponsored terrorism the globe over. Thanks.
Hey, Colin? Don't wait for that mythical GOP to emerge. It will not happen. Run along. Follow Specter's lead and be gone with you.
Perhaps the chatter class? Who are the chatter class?