Counterinsurgency can mean whatever you want it to mean.
No amount of expensive innovation in arms can provide for a sustainable counterinsurgency operation.
No individual code of conduct will bring about the huge changes in Afghanistan that are necessary for counterinsurgency to be effective.
Afghanistan holds a mirror up to the United States of our misconceptions.
Why not hold Gen. Petraeus's performance in Afghanistan to the standards of his seminal work on counterinsurgency, Field Manual 3-24?
In its fight against the Taliban, the Pakistani government is battling a creature of its own making.
As long as the social and economic conditions remain along with 138,000 U.S. troops, there will be a movement in Iraq and throughout the Arab world that will oppose the U.S., and the spectrum of that opposition will be one that includes those who commit acts of terrorism.