As we find ourselves occupying a country, Iraq, which we never needed to invade and we live in a world where crisis can quickly materialize and escalate if not handled correctly, good advice should always be welcomed.
Originally I saw this quote from the late British Military Historian and analyst Captain Basil Liddell Hart in one of my favorite books “The Gospel According To RFK” by Norman MacAfee (pick up a copy of it by the way). Anyway whether you find yourself in crisis, or are U.S President here are some words that every leader who finds themselves in crisis should heed and attempt to follow.
“Keep Strong, if possible. In any case, keep cool. Have unlimited patience. Never corner an opponent and always assist him to save face. Put yourself in his shoes- so as to see things through his eyes. Avoid self-righteousness like the devil– nothing is so self blinding.
—- Basil Liddell Hart (1895-1970)
Hopefully we ourselves when on the precipice of crisis our leaders will keep those words in mind. Seriously I would sleep alot better at night if our leaders did.