Don’t Tax American Forces for Leaving Afghanistan


Target: Afghan government

Goal: Discourage Afghan exit tax on American forces

Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, wants to institute an exit tax on American military equipment, food supplies, and other goods as the Unites States pulls its troops and property out over the next eighteen months. The United States has done its best to stabilize and aid the Afghan government for a dozen years. Please condemn this proposed exit tax on the American government.

The United State’s Congressmen are particularly upset, and are threatening to withhold five dollars in foreign aid for every one dollar imposed on the United States for repatriating any property. Since 2002, Congress has spent ninety billion dollars on humanitarian and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, as well as hundreds of billions more on military funding. Senators are calling the proposed exit tax and penalties imposed on contractors who support American operations ungrateful and foolish.

Imposing a tax on America now that it is preparing to leave is an insult to all the American soldiers who have given their time and and sometimes their lives to stabilizing and rebuilding Afghanistan. The fact that this tax was even proposed suggests that Karzai is not at all appreciative of America’s efforts to aid his country for the past twelve years. Please support Congress in their efforts to discourage this exit tax on American forces.


Dear President Hamid Karzai,

The United States has poured billions of dollars into the stabilization and reconstruction of the country you lead since 2002. Imposing a tax on one of your greatest, richest, and most powerful allies is not an advisable action.

Please understand that if you expect to continue relying on the United State’s foreign aid then you must also treat the United States and its people with respect. Taxing America as you take advantage its foreign aid will only endanger any good will you have garnered. It’s been a dozen years since troops were sent in to aid your people, and now, it’s about time for all those troops to go back to their families.

Instead of taxing them, you should be thanking them. The United States, its citizens, its soldiers, they don’t need a parade in their honor or a holiday, but try and tax them and I think you’ll find that Americans have a centuries long grudge against being unjustly taxed.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Kyle Davis via Wiki Commons

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