July 19, 2013
Glue You, Yankee

From the New York Times:

Just a few years after the setting of an American withdrawal deadline for 2014 evoked alarm and worry among Afghans, the tone now has perceptibly hardened: even the officials who openly want the Americans to stay are now saying that staying must be strictly on Afghan terms.

The latest is Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, once a favorite of the Western contingent in Afghanistan, whose anger at the American attitude about customs fees led him to institute steep fines and briefly led Afghan officials to close the border crossings to Western military shipments.

“At the heart of all this is not just a revenue collection issue,” Mr. Zakhilwal said in an e-mail on Thursday. It is about “respect of Afghan laws and procedures…”

Now that the coalition is trying to take out its equipment, the Afghan government is demanding each container either come with its paperwork — or a $1,000 fine. Najeebullah Manali, a Finance Ministry official, put the number of trucks at roughly 70,000. That would mean a fine of $70 million.

Or, as a great poet once wrote:

There was an old whore from Peru
Who filled her vagina with glue.
“They paid to get in,”
Said she with a grin,
“And they’ll pay to get out again, too.”


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 19, 2013 12:25 PM
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When will they ever learn?

Posted by: on July 20, 2013 5:11 PM

Never, since they/we didn't learn anything from Vietnam. Incidentally who was that great poet? My guess is Emily Dickinson.

Posted by: SallyQ on July 20, 2013 8:28 PM

As someone sensible said elsewhere....we could fly things out, but that would cost about seven BILLION. Me? This war (and my youngest son being there again) has rendered me bitterly irrational. I still think it might be worth seven billion to tell Karzai to sit and spin; or it could be entertaining to just take every truckload out with firepower....bust through their crooked borders and tell them it ain't law, it is dressed up "baksheesh" and to go blow it up ....uh, their water pipes?

Posted by: Syrbal/Labrys on July 21, 2013 12:55 AM
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