Disney Buys Rights To Afghanistan From Department Of Defense Tony November 15, 2012 The Pentagon 15 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: ARLINGTON, VA – In a surprise move that has caught many service-members off guard, the Pentagon announced plans to sell the rights to Afghanistan to the Walt Disney Corporation for $4.05 Billion. “We have attempted to make Afghanistan the happiest place on earth and simply haven’t gotten the job done,” said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in a statement today. “After months of private talks however, I am pleased to announce that we reached an agreement with the Disney Corporation in turning Afghanistan around. I swore that before I left this department, we would truly invest in the future of Afghanistan. Today, I’m making good on that promise.” “We have an opportunity to make Afghanistan a sustainable franchise,” said Robert Iger, Chief Executive Officer at Disney at the signing ceremony. “We know it’s been rough going, but we’ve consulted with our top imagineers at Disney and written a treatment for a strategy of where we go from here.” Iger went on to explain that the deal means that as of 2014, Disney will assume full responsibility for operations inside Afghanistan. This will include the conversion of Bagram Air Force Base into the new Central Asia Disneyland featuring rides like “Inside Attacker Funhouse” and “Child Princess Wedding Palace” and of course launch crossover films like the planned release of “Afghantasia” in summer 2015, which will further promote stability in the troubled country. Other film pitches include “The Lovebug Goes to Kandahar” and “Alladin IV: Wishing the Taliban Away”. The deal also means all groups operating inside Afghanistan — including the Taliban and Haqqani Network — will become trademarks of Disney, a move that has brought condemnation from both parties. Nevertheless, the merger is yet another coup for Disney, having acquired hot properties such as Marvel Entertainment and the Star Wars franchise. Afghan leaders were excited to say that partnering with Disney meant “brighter days ahead.” “We remain confident that Disney at least has its financial house in order,” said President Harmid Karzai. “It is a delight to work with people who are interested in seeing this through. They have the resources and will not withdraw because it is politically expedient.” “I’m also very much interested in being cryogenically frozen like Walt Disney apparently was. At least for a couple hundred years while this whole civil war, political instability, and brink of destruction stuff works itself out,” added Karzai. The Taliban has been less receptive to the deal. “We condemn all dealings with the infidel entity Disney,” declared Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujihid in a telephone interview. “We have no interest in having Disney in our country. They represent the very worst values of America. Perhaps even worse than that, they are far more efficient at destoying any means of creativity beyond their intended vision. Their lawyers will be a far more challenging opponent than the Army or Marines.” “Believe me, I saw ‘The Avengers’ on disk. I know what we’re up against,” he added. Disney officials declined to comment on whether The Avengers would be used to handle park security. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/zChC1 Michelle Dawn Lotz-Lynch says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Ive been there (I’m talking about Bamian) and saw where those Buddhas used to be. Michelle Dawn Lotz-Lynch says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Also funny fucking story of how, in the end, we are all going to be owned by Disney, fuck the main road on bagram is already named Disney. Although this Disney died while welding some material back in 2002, it was not a pretty sight. Jim Pelletier says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Disney needs to buy America first! Enough out-sourcing already. Chad Chaney says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Unfortunately for my brethren currently deployed, they’d probably keep the current staff in-place. Dan Edwards says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM I would’ve bid 2.5 mil. Louella Nelson says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Ha-lariusss. Clever, enviably clever. Bruce Jordan says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Great exit strategy! Get your tickets now… Tyler Bean says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Hahahahaha PedroMercie Vega says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM My friend Senior Chief Jim Dreier will love this one… Jesse Davis says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Considering Afghanistan has about a Trillion Dollars worth of Rare-Earth Minerals in its mountains, Disney will come out on top. Scott Robinett says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Disney is wasting their money. There are unicorns in N. Korea. http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/north-korea-claims-discovery-of-ancient-unicorn-lair-1.199355 Justin E. Miller says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM What kind of a Mickey Mouse operation are you trying to run here? This is just plain Goofy! these things I say says: November 16, 2012 at 1:36 AM Of course the Taliban’s mad. Disney just recruited away the best dancing boys and the most attractive sheep for their latest entry into the wildly popular High School Musical franchise. DOC K says: November 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM M I C…KEY… M O U S E! shagstar says: November 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM oh goodie!! i hope they have that booth where you can pop a taliban in the noggin with an m-4! pop 3 in a row and you win a stuffed sheep!