Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Over the past few decades, Edward Luttwak has gained a reputation as the bad boy of strategic theory and historical scholarship. This time, he has outdone himself. He has debunked Sun Tsu, the Clausewitz of the East and much beloved by teachers of military theory for decades. It is about time -- Sun Tsu has been an overrated icon far too long.
Mr. Luttwak also argues that another Han legacy dogs the Chinese government today: the diplomatic tradition of treating its neighbors as tributary barbarians rather than as diplomatic equals.
Mr. Luttwak argues that this internal belief in the logic of the strategies of its ancients has served China poorly when confronted with outside adversaries who take the application of raw military power seriously.