Who are the "Indians"? They are... They meaning Taliban and Violent Extremest Groups.
Who are the Cowboys? US and Coalition...
We need some famous Coalition Gunslingers (Units or Individuals, false or real) Yes we do... That's why is have information operations.
Where is Buffallo Bill's Wild Wild Khyber Valley Show? Not there.
Who is the Lone Ranger? Gen Petraeus
Who is High Ho Sliver? His staff
What is the Afghanistan "Peace Maker" or modern presentation of the famous 1848 Six Shooter... Information!
What is the Coalitions Springfield Carbine? And what weapon is the all famous Winchester Repeater of the Moutainous Country? AC130
Where are the "Indian Hide outs"? Among the people
And lastly but not least,
WHO THE HECK IS THE CALVARY! Riding in to save the day! And what is their horse? There isn't one.....
Here is my rational on this... A lot of what goes on in that country has to do with information, influence and how things are perceived by the people that live there... as well as the western media.
If what we did to the Indians back in the day was flooded instantly into the information environment, then I don't think we would have been as successful in moving west as fast as we did. The Indians would have called the ACLU and CNN would have been there with cameras covering it instantly crying injustice for all... The information environment in Afghanistan today is what drives the train to success or fail.. Not guns and bullets, but informationů who has it, who controls it and how it is used. If you win the people, you defeat the enemy.