Some may argue that Tajikistan is espousing ideas popular in the West to get its support, like Iran saying it would enrich its uranium in France and Russia or like North Korea saying it would not reactivate its nuclear plant against food aid. But the major difference is that Tajikistan is a genuine ally. Of course, jumping on the Afghanistan bandwagon with the West serves Tajikistan's interest too but greater interaction with its neighbor would be greatly beneficial for the region and beyond.
At least, Tajikistan has not become the backyard operations field of Al-Qaeda like Pakistan, which still got nonmilitary aid in the amount of $7.5 billion from the U.S. Congress in the fall of 2009. Press reports state that prior U.S. assistance to Pakistan has been misspent in the past. Interestingly, the amount diverted would have been enough to complete the Rogun dam.
If Tajikistan is not assisted today, in some ways despite all its flaws, we cannot expect it to stand strong tomorrow should Afghanistan collapse and fall into chaos, or if the situation in the region becomes more volatile.