28 July 2010

Newsweek has nothing on milbloggers

(H/T SWJ)

There's little in Newsweek's review of David Kilcullen's Counterinsurgency that hasn't been said by either Karaka Pend or me.

Over a month ago.

I need a new job.

The stamp-embossed cover and near-pocket-size trim make for ingenious packaging. With photos, diagrams, and maps throughout, this is a book for the field—you can almost see it stuck in a camouflaged backpack in Helmand province.--Newsweek
Kilcullen has taken a number of critical counterinsurgency lessons–some gained through harrowing experience–and packaged them in a handy, notebook-sized publication...I’ll certainly have it in my assault bag during my next deployment (whenever that might be).  You should, too.--Me
Early on, Kilcullen drives home the point that success comes by changing with the environment: “counterinsurgency is at heart an adaptation battle.”--Newsweek
In short, the two recurring themes are flexibility and analysis. The counterinsurgent must be prepared to change his or her actions as the situation on the ground changes; and he or she must be prepared to review and analyze that situation and all its component parts. Good advice, but more than that, essential practice for effective operation.--Karaka Pend
The final grade?  I gave it a four out of five stars.  Karaka Pend said it was a good read, but left something to be desired (METRICS, I tell you, METRICS!).  Newsweek gave it a high B.  


Just stick with us, and we'll get you the timely reviews. 

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it's obvious. Newsweek plagiarized!

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