My friend retired Army Brig. Gen. Jim Warner comments that, “I personally would prefer to stop talking about counterinsurgency and deal with what is in effect armed politics. If we thought about it that way it might be more useful in practice.”
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.