Undermining the Adversary
It is always important to appreciate that people who get to top levels of leadership most often have skills and abilities that can be underestimated -- and that should not be forgotten in Iran or in any confrontation with a wayward leader.
In every case of a menacing adversary, strategy matters. Reacting to outrageous behavior or regularly responding to provocations is generally not strategic and can reinforce the wrong behavior.
Building a strong, broad base of understanding, acting with others, picking the right moment to press the case, and looking for key openings to significantly undermine the moral, financial or political authority of your opponent is part of a winning strategy.
Patience can be an ally or an excuse for not acting, and leaders need to understand the difference.
Posted by: agapn9 | September 29, 2009 10:54 AM
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