Very interesting, insightful and thought provoking information shared by D. Quarterly Essay News Sign up to receive the latest news in our newsletter Sign up. A sober and well-reasoned look at the rise of the Islamic State, how the West’s failures militarily and politically contributed to it, and what can be done about it. Definitely worth reading to better understand where we are, and whilst it offers prescriptions of what to do, I can’t say I like the prescription or am hopeful for its success if anyone did decide to follow it. Kilcullen is your classic ‘threat expert’ – identify and describe a threat then offer yourself as the solution. Oct 04, Blair rated it really liked it.
They are not interested in “invading” the West – they will leave that to the radicalised and disenfranchised lone wolves. We’re here to help. The rules of engagement for the good guys needs to be expanded from self-defense to offence, instead of rushing in and killing everything that moves from on high or not going in at all and only sending countless drones and sparse air raids; boots must meet the ground but with the trust and support of the countless local factions that hate ISIS. No trivia or quizzes yet. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Lists with This Book. The sponsor is taking no chances. Dec 11, Magdalen rated it it was amazing. He provides a good if introductory description of ISIS and its immediate historical causes. Preview — Blood Year by David Kilcullen. How could the President so misjudge things, quartefly days before the debacle?
Not a story with a happy ending, and not one that often raises it’s head above a mostly military viewpoint, but a good place to start. Jul 04, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman. Sep 21, Julia Gorman rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is centred on Iraq and western policy.
Good stuff, but really dry. If we don’t hit them where the roots of terror are buried, if we try to fight them from home using defensive tactics we will have to endure “restrictions on access to public spaces, intrusive powers of search, arrest and seizure, larger and more heavily armed police forces, with more permissive rules for use of lethal force, intensive investigation of individuals’ thoughts, words and actions David Kilcullen sees it too. Thomas Womble rated it liked it May 12, Inside are more dogs, a buzz of radios and a counter-assault team: This essay is my attempt to answer those questions.
He is also the author of multiple books on insurgency and counterinsurgency including The Accidental Guerrilla and Out of the Mountains. Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a mon ster.
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A fairly politics-free analysis of the evolution of the Islamic State. Very interesting, insightful and thought provoking information shared by D. It is worth reading for another perspective on the competing influences and motivations. A sober and well-reasoned look at the rise of the Islamic State, how the West’s failures militarily and politically contributed to it, and what can be done about it.
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Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State
Nicholas Carlton rated it really liked it Dec 01, Paperbackpages. Kilcullen looks to strategy and history to make sense of the crisis.
When I first spoke at West Point inwe still had more thantroops in Iraq. Kilcullen advises whoever may be reading that ISIS must be fought, not the way Bush did and not the way Obama is, but the strategy must be somewhere in the middle. There are no discussion topics on this book quarterrly. This means ISIS controls huge tracts of land. Politics aside, what is important in this essay is the analysis of what ISIS is, what they are trying to do an I did not know of Kilcullen till I read this essay.
Mark Wood rated it really liked it May 25,