I have read the authors previous books with interest. This however is dreadful - the writer is angry (almost hysterically so) and proceeds to undermine the point of his arguments by blaming napoleons marshals and 19th century colonial soldiers for failing to have a strategy for the 21st century as well as for being shockingly politically incorrect.
He sets up a straw man and rips him to shreds. He accuses everybody of failing to realise their policies won't work but this is easy as he never suggests what could have worked - because he seems to believe nothing will. To do this he has to ignore successful counter insurgencies (and plead that the few he mentions didn't work) - especially those where states successfully put down insurgencies within their own borders
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