So they’re building a highway from Khost to Gardez.
I don’t have much to say about roads in Afghanistan, but I traveled on that rutted track quite a lot in 1991 when Haqqani was laying siege to Gardez, so I know something about this particular problem. True, it was rough going (particularly with Najib’s tank shells falling all over), but driving from Khost to Gardez has never been impossible, and it sounds kind of ass-backwards to suddenly start building a fancy blacktop in the middle of the worst war the area has seen since the 80s.
Sure, the good people of Khost deserve to get their produce hauled in style to the markets of Kabul. But you need to sort out other stuff first. With Haqqani and his foreign companions still causing trouble down there, all a highway does is provide them with more traffic to ambush. Trust me — I’ve peered down at that route from enough muj-controlled hilltops to know how treacherous it is.