American Spartan

American Spartan

The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

Book - 2014
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"Veteran war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson first met Special Forces Major James Gant and heard about his battle renown when he was awarded the Silver Star several years ago. Soon after, in October, 2009, Gant rocked the US military establishment with his paper "One Tribe at a Time," an incendiary criticism of what he considered a gaping hole in U.S. strategy: the failure to engage Afghanistan's powerful Pashtun tribes on the eastern border with Pakistan. The article went viral at the Pentagon, the White House, and Capitol Hill and landed in the New York Times. After much infighting among US military brass, Gant was finally tasked with a job he'd wanted for a long time, the chance to join Afghan tribes in the fight against the Taliban.Gant and his men lived among the Pashtun as Afghans: they wore what the natives wore, slept where they slept, and died for the tribe, if necessary."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062114983
0062114980
Characteristics: 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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Jul 08, 2014

you've got the watches but we've got the time.

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Jul 08, 2014

May your life be long, and may big wolves prowl at your door,...

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Jul 08, 2014

A brave man has only two options in the world, to fight to the death or secure victory.

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Jul 08, 2014

You can rest when you die.

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Jul 08, 2014

..., as the Pashtuns go, so go Afghanistan.

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Government, they make war. People make peace.

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Even a blind donkey can find water.

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Jul 08, 2014

The Special Forces had lost sight of their core skill; integrating with local people and teaching them how to fight for themselves.

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