American Spartan

American Spartan

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

eBook - 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. It was even compared to David Hackworth's public and legendary opposition to military command during the Vietnam War (recounted in his massive bestseller, About Face). 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. Top level US military leaders (including Gen. Petraeus) asked him to recruit and lead a force of hundreds of Pashtun tribal fighters--a mission unlike any that had been tried before. Gant and his men lived among the Pashtun not as Americans, but as Afghans: They wore what the natives wore, slept where they slept, and died for the tribe, if necessary. They were told: "No one can leave until the mission is complete." The more time Tyson spent with Gant in preparation for his deployment, the more she grew to believe that there was a larger story to tell--about a people desperate to defend their homeland against insurmountable odds, and about Gant the man and the warrior. She began to share his vision that Americans could fight alongside the Pashtuns and turn the tide of the war. Soon she agreed to accompany him to Afghanistan and risk her life to write about it. And then love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2014.
ISBN: 9780062115003
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jul 08, 2014

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

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

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

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You can rest when you die.

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..., 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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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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