Blood Year

Blood Year

The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism

Book - 2016
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"2014 has the potential to go down as a crucial year in modern world history. A resurgent and bellicose Russia took over Crimea and fueled a civil war in Eastern Ukraine. Post-Saddam Iraq, in many respects a creature of the United States because of the war that began in 2003, lost a third of its territory to an army of hyper-violent millennialists. The peace process in Israel seemed to completely collapse. Finally, after coalescing in Syria as a territorial entity, the Islamic State swept into northern Iraq and through northeastern Syria, attracting legions of recruits from Europe and the Middle East. In short, the post-Cold War security order that the US had constructed after 1991 seemed to be coming apart at the seams. David Kilcullen was one of the architects of America's strategy in the late phases of the second Gulf War, and also spent time in Afghanistan and other hotspots. In Blood Year, he provides a wide-angle view of the current situation in the Middle East and analyzes how America and the West ended up in such dire circumstances. Whereas in 2008 it appeared that the U.S. might pull a modest stalemate from the jaws of defeat in Iraq, six years later the situation had reversed. After America pulled out of Iraq completely in 2011, the Shi'ite president cut Sunnis out of the power structure and allowed Iranian influence to grow. And from the debris of Assad's Syria arose an extremist Sunni organization even more radical than Al Qaeda. Unlike Al Qaeda, ISIS was intent on establishing its own state, and within a remarkably short time they did. Interestingly, Kilcullen highlights how embittered former Iraqi Ba'athist military officers were key contributors to ISIS's military successes. Kilcullen lays much of the blame on Bush's initial decision to invade Iraq (which had negative secondary effects in Afghanistan), but also takes Obama to task for simply withdrawing and adopting a "leading from behind" strategy. As events have proven, Kilcullen contends, withdrawal was a fundamentally misguided plan. The U.S. had uncorked the genie, and it had a responsibility to at least attempt to keep it under control. Instead, the U.S. is at a point where administration officials state that the losses of Ramadi and Palmyra are manageable setbacks. Kilcullen argues that the U.S. needs to re-engage in the region, whether it wants to or not, because it is largely responsible for the situation that is now unfolding. Blood Year is an essential read for anyone interested in understanding not only why the region that the U.S. invaded a dozen years ago has collapsed into utter chaos, but also what it can do to alleviate the grim situation."--provided by
Publisher: New York ;, London :, Oxford University Press,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780190600549
Branch Call Number: 363.325 Kilculle 02/2016
Characteristics: xi, 288 pages :,maps ;,22 cm


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Jul 21, 2016

Truly outstanding. An absolute must read.

Apr 19, 2016

What a crock! By an Australian member of America's MIC! Big deal - - // Unlike Al Qaeda, ISIS was intent on establishing its own state . . \\ Actually, had one been more clued into following al Qaeda, that was their aim, a shared aim, as well.
Obvious that Iraqi Ba'athist elements - - specifically Saddam's former Republican Guard - - were involved in ISIS' successes! A // bellicose Russia \\ ? Try a US State Department, under Hillary Rodham Clinton and her sidekick and former Dick Cheney advisor, Victoria Nuland [wife of founder of PNAC, Robert Kagan], spent $5 billion to overthrow the elected government of the Ukraine [compare the sniper situation with the 2002 unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Hugo Chavez of Venezuela with the sniper situation in the successful coup in the Ukraine - - what similarities!
Nothing really to see here, move along, please . . .
Contrary to this author, turns out that President Obama's kowtowing to the Saudi's in refusing to release the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission Report, is self-incriminating of them, and explains the US's blatant following of the House of Saud in going after secular government sin the Middle East and Near East, and helping with Saudi Arabia's export of radical Islam!

Apr 19, 2016

An excellent review of current trends in the on going struggle between the West and the Islamic fundamental movements such as ISL/DASH and AQ. The author recommends a more robust and aggressive stand against these movements or the further deterioration of civil liberties, movement and privacy in the West due to ongoing terror events. David describes this as a "multi-generational struggle" and makes recommendations on how to proceed. Written by the foremost counter-terrorism expert in the West, this book is a must read for an indepth review of where we have been, and where we are going.


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