By Michael Vlahos

ISBN-10: 0313348456

ISBN-13: 9780313348457

I examine this publication the most very important books of our time, for it takes on "the Borg" at an highbrow point in a cultural context, and in so doing, speaks fact to strength: our Emperors ("the Borg") are bare and ignorant.

Early on he issues out that ours isn't the first globalization, and that prior globalizations have established that new identities upward thrust inside globalization and *cannot be positioned down* (his emphasis). New rules, counter-establishment rules, can't be suppressed, and finally triumph in new awareness at a number of degrees. States fight vainly, equating every little thing "new" with being a "threat," and eventually cave in less than the load in their personal lack of know-how and lack of ability to evolve.

The first few chapters recommend that our response to September 11 opened a Pandora's field, that AF-IQ are our Waterloo, and that "non-state actors" is a general time period for all that's open air the kingdom.

He specifies six "identity" migration paths: networks of conversion and subversion (e.g. the Muslim Brotherhood and the Pentecostals); self sufficient city subcultures (e.g. gangs); rising international locations; fighter fraternities; militarized Bucellani (vandal elites, e.g. the Taliban, a nation inside of a state); and our personal go to undergo, intercessor protection sub-cultures (e.g. our military-industrial advanced to which i might upload, a Congress missing in integrity).

TWO significant issues:

1. the united states army is not any longer Of, by way of, and For We the folks, not a collective citizenry that's armed--in short, the militarization of nationwide coverage has made us smug, ignorant, and repugnant.

2. by way of resisting switch we're selling switch. i will not support myself, i feel of the anti-Borg from outer house that grows once we nuke it, shrinks once we convey love.

The writer issues out that each US army intervention right into a Muslim society has failed; that our mess ups result in new formulation (reformations) instead of new instructions (transformations); and that during being drawn in and preserving the chaos house, we're feeding the metamorphosis of non-state cocoons into butterflies very tough to hit with an artillery shell or perhaps an aimed bullet.

The heart of the publication expands at the subject matter of battle as "creative destruction" (a mantra within the advertisement intelligence world), whereas declaring that during ignoring morality, the Napoleonic and Clauswitzian crucial ("the ethical is to the actual as 3 is to one"--today i might make it 10:1) the united states is giving up the very energy that issues, and failing to appreciate that identification is improved than materiel. He issues out that the "others" have dedication, sacrifice, collective effectiveness, breeding in conflict, are combating on their domestic flooring, and accomplish transcendence in resisting the USA. in the meantime, within the US, 1% do the combating and the opposite ninety nine% are requested to head procuring.

P26: "America's challenge comes with the invention that it truly is in simple terms the midwife instead of the godfather. We struggle that allows you to get not anything from these we legitimize."

I have a word tradition is id is being is sacred and jointly shape attention.

The writer is necessary of Al Qaeda and its many errors, yet credit them with drawing the USA out into developing the chaos house in which different indigenous forces are emerging.

His part on approach discusses the software of heritage and anthropology, either overseas "denied parts" to the USG IMHO.

The writer issues out the most obvious that isn't so noticeable to these sacrificing America's blood, treasure, and spirit in our identify, i.e. thirds of humanity is "the different" dwelling the Hobbsian existence that's "poor, nasty, brutish, and short.," For those humans, conflict is an access element to negotiations, and the recent avid gamers gather legitimacy by means of out-lasting (not inevitably out-fighting) US forces.

As we circulate towards the realization the writer speculates that we will be headed for a brand new center a long time with an international pandemic, weather swap, and an power crunch (to which i'd upload water crunch).

AF-IQ went incorrect in 5 methods:

1. Liberation fizzled (I upload, simply because neither Rumsfeld nor Gates are desirous about waging peace)

2. Al Qaeda confirmed up in Iraq (the writer neglects Iran's glee and strategic leverage)

3. No magnificent reconstruction (according to Paul Wolfowitz , "at their expense")

4. No democratic transformation (to have anticipated one used to be idiocy or lying)

5. international didn't, won't, settle for the "Long battle"

Chapter eight on "fit" credit Martin van Creveld with the time period, and skillfully discusses how our leaders went to struggle, ordered others to warfare, with no the slightest knowing of "the other." The "American manner of conflict" that Tony Echeverria has mentioned isn't really a fashion of warfare in any respect, has been, within the author's phrases, "the helpmate to enemy realization."

On web page 176 the writer itemizes our "transformation" principles set and concludes it really is flat out mistaken.

1. Situational understanding (based on distant applied sciences)
2. Precision killing (ineffective for people)
3. swift dominance (not so quick)
4. Kill sufficient of the enemy and their leaders, and resistance will fold (simply no longer so).

PP191-192 are a stake within the middle of COIN--it isn't fallacious, it truly is easily ignorant and oblivious of the strategic entire of presidency and full Earth ramifications of spending all of our cash on a lemon. COIN is (my phrases) "Borg triumphant." COIN is "bento-box recognition" and RAND--normally a supplicant cheer-leader-- has defined its loss of life intimately.

P202: "The occasions of 11th of September drove us again to nice struggle, yet this time with out *the people.* This nice struggle used to be *and is still* a battle of the management and its tribal confederacy. it's a state-military company, yet way more considerably, *it is usually now a state-military liturgy.* (Emphasis in original.]

The writer notes that the "other" has a speedier studying curve than we do, and on web page 182: "Today's non-state actors be aware of us larger than we want to recognize them." this can be an indictment of the USG.

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America in its civil war and the Global Other today—they are both fiery, radical, self-sacrificing, and, above all, beyond control. The question is, Can they meld identity power to the operational functions of military effectiveness, as a “force multiplier”? Identity 31 Moreover, is Western identity power weaker now? If such fighting focus is subsiding, what does our martial decompression portend? Do our less warlike selves lead us to a killer “fit” where nonstate fighters become stronger than our national militaries?

For how is an imagined community to be made real? What rituals seal the communion? Hence the liturgy of war becomes a core tool in the evolution of (imagined) human community, and it works both ways. War mobilizes identity; identity mobilizes military effectiveness. A SHORT HISTORY OF IDENTITY How has “belonging” evolved? Our own “American exceptionalism” makes us resistant to empathy for others’ identities and their struggles. Reviewing how identity has evolved can give us a better sense of connectedness.

We believe in it so strongly that we either trivialize or demonize developments that do not fit the story. We are threatened by alternative initiatives. People going in different directions become enemies. But the greatest weakness in our story of globalization is that we cannot see the full significance of the back story. Hence our ineffectiveness in a changing humanity is not just about the limits we place on ourselves. Our ineffectiveness is hardwired into our very belief system. Our cultural printed circuits switch us off from how our enemies speak for the identity demand of a larger, desperate humanity.

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