Well the thing is that the Taliban is in no way a super power. While they have the resources to reach out and cause random attacks, so do I or anyone else in the world. If you want to die, you can become a terrorist and make it happen. Why I mention that they are not a super power is because they are limited to how they can attack. They have to do snake in the grass type attacks to get anything done. I would imagine the majority of the Taliban do not have resources to do anything other than local terror attacks. So in my mind if we quit p***ing off the locals and making them feel that they should join the Taliban, than they would combat the Taliban on their own. If you have a small or even large terrorist group in that part of the world that is causing grief in their own communities, I guarantee they take care of it themselves. We wouldn't need a war on terror. We would then need the red cross to be sent to Afghanistan to aid the starving, homeless taliban. Hell, just look at Egypt, Syria, and Lybia.
People on that side of the globe are getting much more educated and are tired of being shat on.If we go over there and look like we are dropping the feces well they are going to go against us. If we let them see that the feces is coming from their own kinfolk, they will clean up the stinch themselves.