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Mar 21, 2022 - Feature of the Week

Kindergarten Combat

The world has indeed turned insane.

~ Saint Dariya of Bihar

17th/18th Century

SUN TZU WOULD NOT BE IMPRESSED . . . at all. In fact, he would be shocked that after 2500 years some world leaders are still in Kindergarten mode relative to their understanding of combat. They are blinder than the blindest bat.

The first goal of combat is to win, always. There are no positives in defeat, especially if a country’s entire culture and way of life are in jeopardy of being annihilated.


Absent tactics and strategies of deceit and “I told you so bravado,” there are things a leader simply never does when it comes to combat, unless that leader is ignorant, blind or consumed with his own power, pocket and lunacy.

Three of these “Never Do” actions of combat are . . .

1: You never tell your opponents your intentions.

2: You never tell them the How, When, Where and What you’re going to do.

3: And for God’s sake you never ever, fund the enemy who’s trying to destroy you.

Yet, these “Never Do” principles, which have been around for thousands of years, are still ignored by some world leaders. United States presidents Obama and Biden are in this category, as the historic record of their presidential legacies will confirm.


Leaders have responsibilities. In democratic cultures, of which the United States is the most preeminent, the primary responsibility is to protect the nation and its people. Everything else is secondary.

The Presidential oath of office reads:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

To defend the Constitution of the United States means to defend the United States itself and her people. How can any leader preserve, protect and defend his country when he tells his country’s adversaries 1. his intentions; 2. the How, When, Where and What he’s going to do in a conflict or war and—this is the worst and most egregious “Never Do” act—3. financially fund the very adversary who’s goal is to destroy the country the leader is supposed to be protecting by his solemn oath of office? Such a Kindergarten approach to combat is sheer madness and total lunacy, not to mention violating one’s oath of office to protect and defend one’s country and her people.

But here’s the rub. In democratic countries it is the people who vote to put leaders in office and lead them, protect them and make sure their highest and best good is achieved and supported. Thus, the insanity leaders manifest is as much the fault of the citizenry as that of their leaders. But the greater insanity is why the voting public doesn’t vote to put true, responsible and ethical leaders into office who will preserve, protect and defend their country rather than simply voting for a certain political party in order to gain political power, sans common sense of survival and well-being.

Democratic cultures and their leaders better wake up to the Kindergarten Combat mentality before they throw their countries—and the great blessings of freedom, independence and sovereignty they treasure—away, as they watch their countries dissolve into nothing, leaving only a passing memory and record of what was but, tragically, will never be again.


© Richard Andrew King and Kiado-Ryu Martial Arts