Such as what British historian John Keegan said in September 2001:
Originally Posted by MSgt
"Efforts to occupy and rule [Afghanistan] usually ended in disaster. But straightforward punitive expeditions
... were successful on more than one occasion.
It should be remembered that, in 1878, the British did succeed in bringing the Afghans to heel [with a punitive expedition]. Lord Roberts' march from 'Kabul to Kandahar' was one of [Queen] Victoria's most celebrated wars. The Russians, moreover, foolishly did not try to punish rogue Afghans, as Roberts did, but to rule the country. Since Afghanistan is ungovernable, the failure of their efforts was predictable ...
America should not seek to change the regime, but simply to find and kill the terrorists. It should do so without pity."
Clueless into Kabul - Michael Scheuer - The American Interest Magazine