One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful. Seizing the enemy without fighting is the most skillful.
It is better to save your army than to go down fighting...
The easy way is always mined.
Never draw fire; it irritates everyone around you.
The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions:
when they're ready.
when you're not
And finally, a quote from Cindy Sheehan (via Kos):
The President says he feels compassion for me, but the best way to show that compassion is by meeting with me and the other mothers and families who are here. Our sons made the ultimate sacrifice and we want answers. All we're asking is that he sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to talk to us, before the next mother loses her son in Iraq. He says he is spreading peace. How can you spread peace by killing people?
That is the main point: the big principle of the art of war, West or East, is to engage in war only as a way of ending strife and conflict.
Bush - and his supporters on the right- don't have specifics about how they are engaging this thing in order to end it. In fact, it's only expanding, which should call to mind the first principle of holes- when you're in one, stop digging.