IRAQI WAR FOUGHT BY THE 'BOOK' -- Written by Sun Tzu
The White House has fought this war by the book: specifically, a book written by a Chinese military strategist who died some 25 centuries ago. The Art of War, the manual combining common sense with uncommon perception written by the warrior-philosopher Sun Tzu, has been repeatedly cited by American commanders during the Iraq conflict.
It is required reading at top US military colleges, and its tenets have been adapted into the fighting doctrines of both the US Army and the Marines. General Tommy Franks can recite much of Sun Tzu by heart, and he deploys his aphorisms at every opportunity.
-- TIMES ONLINE (UK)