6.27

Chapter: Weak Points and Strong 6.27
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Translation:

All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

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Commentary

Tactics are implemented actions that are each a part of a grander strategy. If you understand the strategy, you may be able to predict likely tactics.

Seeing tactics is about the present, what is being done now. This does not mean you can conclude what preparations were required, nor what future actions will be taken.

Good tactics do not give away the strategy. They surprise the enemy or cause him to believe you are using a strategy that is different from you actual strategy.