I guess we can’t even leave Afghanistan in a manner that satisfies the Afghan government, according to the Washington Post. It seems that the Afghans are concerned that we may be smuggling their dirt, rocks and goat turds out the country;
The Afghan government is demanding that the U.S. military pay $1,000 for each shipping container leaving the country that does not have a corresponding, validated customs form. The country’s customs agency says the American military has racked up $70 million in fines.
If left unresolved, the disagreement could inflate the price tag of the U.S. military drawdown by hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars because of the higher cost of shipping by air — an unwelcome expenditure at a time when the Pentagon is scrambling to cope with steep congressionally mandated budget cuts and the White House is attempting to jump-start negotiations over a long-term security cooperation deal with Kabul.
Yes, the Afghans are trying to make this a sovereignty issue, but we all know exactly what it is – their final attempt to fleece the American taxpayer one last time. We could always do what the Soviets did when they left and just drive the f*ck out.