He did attack Erebor with enough troops. In fact his siege on Erebor was extremely successful (his armies managed to kill both of the Kings and were quite busy starving the rest) until the ring was destroyed.
Originally Posted by Al.
Beornings were not powerful enemies, they were the chieftains of some backwater farmer villages. Sauron never even sent an army there as far as we know.
As for Lothlorien, the outer parts were destroyed. But Galadriel's ward ensured no orcs or even the Nine could conquer Lothlorien, as she herself said; only if Sauron himself arrived would Lorien fall. And we know by now Sauron is a coward, he likely didn't want to come forward in battle himself until he had his ring back from (he thought) his enemies in Gondor/Rohan.
As for attacking in a rush, I agree. He was rushing into it because he didn't know about Frodo. He was rushing because he had one fear: that Aragorn was strong willed enough to wield the Ring and challenge Sauron for suppremacy. So he wanted to get rid of those pesky Men before they could rise to such power. Had Aragorn carried the ring, rushing into battle with Minas Tirith would have been a good strategy on Sauron's account. If not for the Dead and the Woses, he would have crushed it into rubble before Aragorn had arrived, leaving Aragorn with few forces to use even if he did have the One Ring. Not to mention that the rest of his armies would have kept Lothlorien, south Gondor, Erebor, Rohan and the Grey Havens occupied. Only Rivendell would have been of any use to Aragorn.
In short; his strategies were excellent for the situation he thought was occuring: that the Free Peoples were planning on using the One Ring (more specifically Aragorn using the ring to unite the Free Peoples against Sauron in one big front). But all his plans were thwarted by that pesky Hobbit.
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