“In general, the strategy for employing the army is this: [From the time] the general receives his commands from the ruler, unites the armies, and assembles the masses, to confronting the enemy and encamping, there is nothing more difficult than military combat. In military combat what is most difficult is turning the circuitous into the straight, turning adversity into advantage.
“Thus if you make the enemy’s path circuitous and entice them with profit, although you set out after them you will arrive before them. This results from knowing the tactics108
of the circuitous and the direct.
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“Thus combat ...