Officials Confused by Sh*t Tons of Cash Coming from Afghanistan
Hey America, don't hate just because the Afghans are doing dollar drops to Dubai; I know, I know, it's so hard to watch all that cash go by and not be able to touch any of it. Talk to Big Pharma and see if they know anything about this. Just a suggestion.
Andrew Higgins via Washington Post:
A blizzard of bank notes is flying out of Afghanistan -- often in full view of customs officers at the Kabul airport -- as part of a cash exodus that is confounding U.S. officials and raising concerns about the money's origin.
The cash, estimated to total well over $1 billion a year, flows mostly to the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai, where many wealthy Afghans now park their families and funds, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. So long as departing cash is declared at the airport here, its transfer is legal.
But at a time when the United States and its allies are spending billions of dollars to prop up the fragile government of President Hamid Karzai, the volume of the outflow has stirred concerns that funds have been diverted from aid. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, for its part, is trying to figure out whether some of the money comes from Afghanistan's thriving opium trade. And officials in neighboring Pakistan think that at least some of the cash leaving Kabul has been smuggled overland from Pakistan.
"All this money magically appears from nowhere," said a U.S. official who monitors Afghanistan's growing role as a hub for cash transfers to Dubai, which has six flights a day to and from Kabul.
Well that's what happens when the dollar machine is stuck in the "ON" position and spitting out funny money by the trillions.
In the ultimate irony, the US is sniffing around at where these dollars originate; something tells me they won't like the conclusion they'll be forced to come to.