Waco was televised. Also, look at the casualty figures of Taliban vs. Russians.... I would bet the Taliban suffered a huge loss of life, property and what little economy they had. A pyrrhic victory is not really a victory. But this was also a long time ago.
You underestimate the amount of crazies in this country and there are many with nothing to lose. Besides, the Taliban are still there and still at it fighting all that technology and still dug in like ticks.