AUTHOR: Edward Luttwack in Foreign Policy magazine
ALSO KNOWN FOR: Arguing in the New York Times that, according Islamic rules of religious heritage, Barack Obama is a Muslim by birth and would damage relations with the Muslim world
THESIS: Because of poor empire management, "America needs serious serious strategic counseling"
FROM WHOM: The Byzantines
BYZANTINE VIRTUES: They wrote everything down. The Romans didn't. Also, "Byzantium ... outlasted its Roman predecessor by eight centuries"
UNMENTIONED DETAILS ABOUT BYZANTIUM: Violent riots; a sacked capital; Ottoman conquest of the empire; plague; reliance on slave labor
YEARS LUTTWACK SPENT PORING OVER BYZANTINE TEXTS: 20
DISTILLED PRINCIPLES: 7
NAMELY:
  1. "Avoid war"
  2. "Gather intelligence on the enemy"
  3. "Campaign vigorously"
  4. "Replace the battle of attrition and occupation of countries with maneuver warfare"
  5. "Strive to end wars successfully by recruiting allies to change the balance of power"
  6. "Subversion is the cheapest path to victory"
  7. "Use methods and tactics that exploit enemy weaknesses"
INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING ECONOMIC POLICY: None
PARTING WISDOM: "Only the empire is eternal"