Vicotr Davis Hanson today
Although Afghanistan was always the more challenging theater than Iraq — landlocked, opium, no ports, few resources, difficult terrain, nearby nuclear Iran, high rates of illiteracy...Hanson, December 2005
Afghanistan in October, 2001, conjured up almost immediately warnings of quagmire, expanding Holy War at Ramadan, unreliable allies, a trigger-happy nuclear Pakistan on the border, American corpses to join British and Russian bones in the high desert — not a seven-week victory and a subsequent democracy in Kabul of all places.
So it was always harder, except when we'd already won. This guy needs to reread everything he's written before he writes again. See also