A-stanīs culture is way too foreign and unless you are willing to destroy that culture and rebuild it in our image, trying to offer something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage on our way of doing things just hasn't been proven to work.
The Taliban are not stupid people, and they are masters of insurgency and they play the game well.
General McCrystal Removed as Commander in Afghanistan - National Security Law Brief
In an article published in Rolling Stone, GEN Stanley McCrystal, former commander of all US and Nato forces in Afghanistan
After things get going steady under Petraeus people are going to be complaining and missing McChrystal.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow