“Did he fail? Fuck no. Do you know why he didn't fail? Let me explain to you why the fuck he didn't fail. When he got through sqatting he was laying on the fucking floor. You know what that means? That means that he gave every fucking thing that he had. And any time you give every fucking thing you have, you cannot fail. It's impossible. That is the fucking point. Give it all.”

C.T. Fletcher

“After Vietnam and the stinging Washington scandals of the 1970's many [CIA] case officers feared local political entanglements, especially in violent covert operations. Many of them had vowed after Vietnam that there would be no more CIA-lead quixotic quests for Third World hearts and minds. In Afghanistan, they said, the CIA would stick to its legal authority: mules, money, and mortars. For many in the CIA the Afghan Jihad was about killing Soviets first and last. [CIA officer Howard] Hart even suggested that the Pakistanis put a bounty out on Soviet soldiers: 10,000 rupees for a Special Forces soldier, 5,000 for a conscript, and double in either case if the prisoners were brought in alive. This was payback for Soviet aid to the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong, and for many CIA officers who had served in that war it was personal.”

Steve Coll
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

“Unless you enter the tiger's lair, you cannot get hold of the tiger's cubs.”

Sun Tzu
The Art of War