Counterinsurgency theory, the American strategy used previously in Iraq and today in Afghanistan, is complex. If you'd like to grapple with the details, we evaluate that strategy here and here, compare it to nation-building, and explore unanswered questions about its execution. Or, you could just listen to General Colbert. Colbert gets hold of a military chart "explaining" counterinsurgency. He thinks he can do better.

Ever the historian, Colbert also surveys the Soviet and British efforts.