Military Strategy Quote of the Day
"The highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans. The next best option, he continues, "is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces. The next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field. And the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities. The rule is, not to besiege walled cities if it can possibly be avoided."
- Sun Tzu, from "The Art of War"
Consider this article from the L.A. Times on the history of sieges on cities as The Coalition of the Willing begins to encircle Bagdad. It's not pretty, and not for the reasons you might expect.