In our time 4GW has become the primary form of conflict. In conventional wars firepower and attrition shared center stage with the moral high ground. Now those play a smaller role, leaving ownership of the moral high ground as the decisive advantage.

Traditional tools to gain moral high ground were diplomacy and information operations (eg, propaganda, selective release of intel — such as the Zimmerman Telegram). Now covert operations have become common – active methods to discredit your opponents. […]

It’s a game other groups can play, and not just nation-States. The French are good at it, as seen in the Strauss-Kahn affair — a creative use of a Honey pot (a classic from fact and fiction). One simple op discredited Strauss-Kahn, head of the IMF and leading candidate for the Presidency of France.