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This is very funny.

@BillKristol is shockingly obtuse.
@BillKristol Lots of people know that @realDonaldTrump is a student of Sun Tzu, but there's another Chinese book of military rules that Trump knows backward and forward.

The Thirty-Six Stratagems.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump The author is unknown, but the stratagems are the ideas of General Wáng Jìngzé.

See if anything sounds familiar.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Mask your real goals from those in authority who lack vision by not alerting them to your movements or any part of your plan.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Attack using the strength of another. Trick an enemy's ally into attacking him, bribe an official to turn traitor, or use the enemy's own strength against him. The idea here is to cause damage to the enemy by getting a third party to do the deed.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Make somebody believe there was something when there is in fact nothing.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Deceive the enemy with an obvious approach that will take a very long time, while surprising him by taking a shortcut and sneaking up to him. As the enemy concentrates on the decoy, he will miss you sneaking up to him.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Delay entering the field of battle until all the other players have become exhausted fighting amongst themselves. Then go in at full strength and pick up the pieces.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump There are circumstances in which you must sacrifice short-term objectives in order to gain the long-term goal. This is the scapegoat strategy whereby someone else suffers the consequences so that the rest do not.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Do something unaimed, but spectacular to provoke a response of the enemy, thereby giving away his plans or position, or just taunt him.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Do something unusual, strange, and unexpected as this will arouse the enemy's suspicion and disrupt his thinking.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Take an institution, a technology, a method, or even an ideology that has been forgotten or discarded and appropriate it for your own purpose.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Never directly attack an opponent whose advantage is derived from its position. Instead, lure him away from his position, thus separating him from his source of strength.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Bait someone by making him believe he gains something or just make him react to it and obtain something valuable from him in return.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Create confusion and use this confusion to further your own goals.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Mask yourself. Either leave one's distinctive traits behind, thus becoming inconspicuous, or masquerade as something or someone else.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Use analogy and innuendo. Without directly naming names, those accused cannot retaliate without revealing their complicity.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump Hide behind the mask of a fool, a drunk, or a madman to create confusion about your intentions and motivations. Lure your opponent into underestimating your ability until, overconfident, he drops his guard. Then you may attack.
@BillKristol @realDonaldTrump See?

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