The guy is, as I say, something of a jackass on certain subjects--if he starts nattering on about cultural relativism or "political correctness" or what have you, stop reading. But if you want to have a better strategic and tactical understanding of what a mess we've created in our last eight years of dealing with the Middle East, and if you want to think outside the box regarding our responses to assymetrical and irregular warfare, read every post (except for the cultural relativism asides) in his "On War" blog, which he's been posting more or less every week since the tanks rolled across the Kuwaiti border back in '03. He's a smart man, and his second-to-last post, on the Israeli incursion into Gaza, nails what was wrong and stupid about the Israeli response to Hamas rocket fire, I think. So. If you're interested, check him out.