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The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    Excellent and Timely

    Kilcullen's work is a wealth of knowledge for the armchair counterinsurgent and provides valuable insight into the mind of victimized groups of people exploited by war, not of their choosing. He diplomatically states, where, he believes the Bush administration strayed in its choices that initiated the conflict in Iraq offers a worthwhile analysis and solution for correcting the strategic errors made in the onslaught of war. It is a fascinating and highly complex excerpt from a proven expert in small wars. Highly recommended reading for any individual participating in the United States' excursions Iraq, Afghanistan, or Pakistan.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    A must read to understand the new way of way

    For those who seek to understand the current conflicts and the way wars are waged today, this book will be an eye-opener

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    I listened to this on audio & found it immensely engaging

    Faced with unsuccessful military interventions in several conflicts, some of our own making, the U.S. military leadership seconded Lt. Col. David Kilcullen of the Australian Army to work with them on devising a and testing a new strategy that might allow them to withdraw from their engagements without complete failure. Kilcullen is a military officer, but also an anthropologist. This book is his attempt to explain his thinking on the worldwide Islamic insurgency and the best methods to try and counter it successfully. Kilcullen thought the U.S. intervention in Iraq was an extremely serious strategic error, but tried, as assistant to General Petraeus in 2007, to devise a method to stabilize the population, reduce violence, and establish governance so that U.S. troops could effectively withdraw and leave Iraq to the Iraqis. Kilcullen thinks globalization and anti-globilization, and overwhelming U.S. military dominance are drivers to conflict in the 21st century-that citizens of countries around the world become involved in conflicts not of their making when warring groups enter their "space." They choose the least foreign "side" and fight for their group. In this book, Kilcullen first introduces successful attempts to reduce violence and increase local participation in governance and stabilization in Afghanistan, then sheds light on the conflicts in Iraq, and then discusses East Timor, where he earned his credentials as part of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the 1999. He then discusses Thailand, Europe and Pakistan. Trying to understand an ongoing conflict is extraordinarily difficult, but Kilcullen draws on his experience, research, and natural bent to establish a framework he insists can, will, and is working in various conflict theatres around the world.

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