Our Age of Conflict

Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror
by David Kilcullen, Black Inc, 2016, 304 pages

The United States will remain in a kind of purgatory until it unlocks the full meaning of 9/11. Without the right understanding of what that terrorist attack signified, there cannot be an effective response to it. David Kilcullen’s Blood Year makes the case that the administrations of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama have badly misjudged the nature of the challenge to America and the wider world in general. As a direct consequence of this, asserts Kilcullen, the power and reach of militant jihadism appear much stronger now than when President Bush first launched the Global War On Terrorism (GWOT) in 2001.

The Australian David Kilcullen has been, amongst other things, senior adviser to General David Petraeus during the Surge (2007-08) and chief strategist in the Counter-Terrorism Bureau of the US State Department. He currently runs a private agency that has advised everyone from the UK and Australian governments to Nato. Blood Year is that rare thing, an insider’s knowledge of Western policy-making in the twenty-first century combined with the frankness of an independent-minded questioner. Yet even Kilcullen—a veritable expert on counter-terrorism—appears, at times, not to grasp in its entirety the genesis of Islamic militancy and the comprehensive nature of its war against modernity.

  • Lupus

    Seriously I think 90% of the information we have access to today was not available to the masses even 30 years ago because the internet was in it’s infancy. Now a person who has a political position can’t even fart in a bathroom stall without some independent news reporter crying foul (odors?). I’m not saying that is a bad thing for the most part because a few decades ago people in power were getting away with murder (literally in some cases) with no one being the wiser.

    Scrutiny has become so rampant that some politicians are afraid of doing the right thing for fear of setting off a SJW causing a shit storm of controversy. On the other hand some politicians are doing the wrong things because it’s popular among the vocal SJW’s.

    While I do feel sorry for the few that are vocal and logical who get punished, I also am happy to see the corrupt get exposed due to the current internet presence.

    Think about it, how much would those willing to read know about Islam if our news sources were at the level they were at 30 years ago? How much would the public know about 9/11 if it was summed up in 100 words or less on page 8 of your local MSM owned news paper?

    In a position of power or influence, online news today is like juggling cactus plants. Rest assured someone is going to get pricked. From experience I promise you that a rose bush has far nicer pricks than a cactus.

    Don’t even think about getting me started on ‘Victim Cards’.

    • It is a double edged sword, but I hope that Trump has perhaps set a new standard, he has “erupted” on several occasions in ways that would “fry” the careers of others yet somehow he has thrived.

      The SJW’s are already eating their own.

  • pdxnag

    “Islam is Peace(tm)” Is absolutely insane, and treasonous. Hang those in power who lie in the service of advancing Islam.

  • Before 9/11, most non-Muslims had little reason to study or be aware of Islam.

    9/11 changed all that. People, worldwide, are waking up to the pathology of Islam.

    The only question: Will reason snuff out the darkness of 7th century Arabia (which has managed to make it to the 21st century).