While we're all recovering from our Fall Conference hangover (and possibly a Halloween party or two), I would recommend reading an article from the current New York Times Magazine. It does a great job talking about counter-insurgency in Afghanistan. It's a bit long, but hey, we gained an hour today so you have no excuse.
Also, Fareed Zakaria attempts to solve our problems in Iraq. He does make a good point about American strategic victories (Tal Afar) being overturned by Iraqi politics.