Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.

…The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

…the fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

…the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

…the sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

…the seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

…the eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.

…the ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

…The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.

…The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

…The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

When two forces go head-to-head, the side that tries to play nice usually ends up with its head in a box. When is it time to not be nice?

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yachtsecurity · August 11, 2020 at 6:03 pm

Nice. Any attribution of where the rules came from?

Don Curton · August 11, 2020 at 10:27 pm

Rules for the rest of us.

1. Be nice.
2. Be polite.
3. Be nicer.
4. Grin and bear it.
5. Go along grudgingly
6. Grind your teeth but put up with it.
7. Mutter under your breath
8. Wonder when it will end
9. Drink heavily
10. Kill everyone

The assumes that prior to step 1 you bought rifles, ammo, and put in range time. We ain't amateurs here.

I'm at step 9. But honestly I started at 5 or 6, depending.

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