Kinda like the US experience in Afghanistan

The difference is that the US attempted to establish democracy, i.e., hand over power to the locals as quickly as possible, I believe Daniel's plan would avoid this.

(and the Russian experience there before, and the British experience there before that...)

The problem both the Russians and British had was interference by rival powers, the US and Russia respectively. The Russians also had the problem that the economic system they wanted to impose being dysfunctional.

The difference is that the US attempted to establish democracy

I don't think it mattered what the US attempted to establish and, actually, I don't think it tried any such thing anyway.

In any case, you seem to be arguing for old-style colonialism based on crushing military superiority. Even leaving aside whether it will work in our times, I am pretty sure that's not what OP has in mind.

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