WASHINGTON — A light drizzle in Kandahar has prompted the president to cancel the war in Afghanistan, according to a white house press conference.
Weather forecasts were optimistic at first, saying that the rain was going to pass within a few hours, but it soon became clear that the inclement weather wasn't going anywhere.
"At first, we thought about just postponing it," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. "But ultimately, we got together and decided that you really can't predict the weather, so we felt it was best to just cancel the whole thing."
"Nobody was going to show up anyway," Sanders continued. "Most people didn't even know it was going on in the first place. Hell, Ezra Klein didn't even know we were at war five days ago."
A redeployment effort began immediately, with members of the Army striking tents at all forward operating bases and organizing airlift back to U.S. and European bases. Air Force bases throughout the middle east have already set their Nest thermostats to "vacation" mode to save energy. Approximately 8,000 U.S. troops have already begun packing their bags, though even that has been difficult due to the rain.
"I've got all these first edition comic books that I brought with me, and I'm really scared about what all this moisture is going to do to them," said 2nd Lt. Michael Skewski. "First edition, man."
Although the decision has drawn criticism from many who say that the Taliban will exploit this opportunity to regain power in most of war-torn Afghanistan, members of the enemy forces have shown equal reluctance to fight in such dreary conditions.
"We're in agreement with the decision to cancel the Afghanistan war," said Salah bin Sadiqi, representative of the Taliban. "Have you ever tried to plant an IED in wet ground? You just keep digging, and the mud keeps flowing back into the hole. It takes, like, infinite time. Total mess."
"Trouble is," said Khalid al Akhtar, a suicide bomber, "I had already pressed the button when I got word that the war was cancelled. Now I'll have to keep my finger on this trigger right here for the rest of my life if I don't want to blow up. Seriously though, who wants to die in the rain?"
President Donald Trump has declared that the war is to be canceled immediately and has been looking at weather reports for the last several days. Some gathering clouds over Seoul, South Korea, have sparked talks about closing all U.S. bases in southeast Asia.
Dirty contributed to this post.