Amazingly, Trump and his surrogates brag that he fights back, that if
someone punches him he punches back ten times as hard, that he “fights fire
How can they think that mimicking an opponent is a good thing? It’s purely
reactive. With Trump all it takes is a bit of criticism and he’s off to the
races, tweeting away–and not doing his job. According to Sun Tsu (and
Miyamoto Musashi) the warrior chooses the time, place and mode of battle.
Letting oneself be constantly baited into over the top overreaction just looks
weak. Trump comes off like a patsie, not a strong leader. People rattle his
cage, he goes nuts, they do it again, predictably, so does he. That is just way too much psychodrama for most folks.
By continually being drawn into childish twitter fights he’s wasting a ton of time that he could be spending on, oh, say, infrastructure, crime, gun violence, Middle East peace talks, Russian hacking of our businesses, elections and who knows what else, and….
So I’m not nearly as thrilled with the, presumably-viewed-as-manly habit
our president has of going off the rails at every little provocation.
By reacting so predictably, it takes virtually nothing for anyone who does
not wish us well to distract our president into following someone else’s
agenda. But a master tactician doesn’t fight fire with fire, he uses unorthodox
and abstruse methods and implements. Cuts off the oxygen, cools the
temperature, removes the fuel, whatever.
Here’s a perfect example of the foolishness and penalties of knee jerk reactions,
Remember, at the Battle of Hastings, where England became Norman in the
fall of 1066? After hours of bitter fighting, the English (under half-Danish
Harald Godwineson, King Harald II of England) had held their position behind a
shieldwall which the Normans could not break. When the Normans got spooked and fled at some point, the English broke formation and pursued them individually and pell mell. The Normans, seeing the opportunity, wheeled their horses around and picked off the undisciplined English one by one. Two more times the Normans used the same ploy–pretended retreat followed by counterattack–to induce the English to break formation. This turned the battle in favor of the mounted Normans.
That’s what knee-jerk “fighting back” got the English. Their king dead, his body and jeweled gonfannon in the hands of his usurper, the end of Anglo Saxon rule in England, their lands, assets, pride and titles taken and endless abuse at the hands of the Normans for decades to come.
Mindlessly fighting back may sound good but patient critical analysis, and
then fighting back if it’s warranted, is a more sound way to proceed.
Usually. There are always exceptions but, in general, think first. Just popping off as our president does is not just embarrassing, it makes us look dumb in front of our enemies. And that definitely is not a good idea.