In response to this year's stepped up bombings and apparent disregard for civilian casualties the Afghan upper house of Parliament has called on the U.S. and Nato led forces to stop taking offensive actions against the Taliban. They also asked the Afghan government to open up dialogue with the Taliban provided they (the Taliban) accept the country's new constitution. The upper house also asked for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The apparent disregard of women, children and old men in attacks on civilians from both sides indicates a lack of legitimacy. Another situation where the "War on Terror" has become a "War of Terror."
Some of the earlier promises of the U.S. in Afghanistan, schools, hospitals, roads, were only partially fulfilled, and many schools have been closed because of the violence. Many of the ideas such as building schools and infrastructure are sound but were minimally fulfilled, and girls schools only seem secure in Kabul. Some believe the primary reason for the war in Afghanistan was not to free the nation from the Taliban but to clear up a thoroughfare for Caspian Sea oil. The route for Caspian Sea oil was/is to be trucked from the Caspian Sea through Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the port at Karachi. From there down the Arabian Sea and to U.S. Ports. Time will tell if this pans out and is the actual motive.