With the administration whose policies he sought to implement now gone from office, Kilcullen uses Accidental Guerrilla to skewer those he served for gross strategic ineptitude. His chief findingthat through its actions the Bush administration has managed to exacerbate the Islamist threat while wasting resources on a prodigious scaleis not exactly novel. Yet given Kilcullen’s status as both witness and participant, his indictment carries considerable weight. Here lies the real value of his book.
(hat tip: Andrew Exum)