Thomas Barnett gave this talk in 2005 when Iraq was falling apart. If you listen closely he discusses the mistake President Present is about to make in Afghanistan.
The video is quite funny and full of salty language. It is also about a half hour and worth every minute.
The bottom line: we need a procedure for fixing failed states. So far the effort has been ad hoc. It needs to be formalized.
You can get more Thomas Barnett at Thomas Barnett.
H/T glemieux at Talk Polywell
Cross Posted at Classical Values