U.S.-Afghanistan Relations: Withdraw troops, invest in energy

July 15, 2011

In the aftermath of Ahmed Wali Karzai’s murder it is clear that Washington’s $1 trillion plus adventure in Afghanistan has not brought the country any closer to stability. The U.S. must immediately withdraw troops from Afghanistan but ensure the stability of this fragile nation by building a trans-Afghan pipeline. This pipeline from Turkmenistan would move south to Afghanistan then enter Pakistan and end in India. Building this $4 billion pipeline carrying natural gas to Pakistan and India would also decouple Turkmenistan from the monopoly of Russia of gas exports from the former Soviet Union.