Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ann Scott Tyson's astonishing new account of an SF officer in Afghanistan

I take very strong exception to this comment.  There are many, many soldiers today (and in the past) conducting FID extremely effectively who have not gone native. In fact for FID to be effective you cannot go native or you will lose your perspective and be unable to accomplish the mission for the United States.

It seems to me that we need people like Gant to do real foreign internal defense. But do we have a military that can live with its officers "going native"? If not, can we really do FID?

Ann Scott Tyson's astonishing new account of an SF officer in Afghanistan

You can work alongside someone for years and not really know them, what they think, what is going on inside their lives.
That thought hit me repeatedly as I read the first 30 pages of Ann Scott Tyson's American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant. I didn't know about her deep depression, her marriage breaking up, or her romance with and marriage to a Special Forces officer. (BTW, she is the third journalist who is a female graduate of Harvard I know who wed an SF officer. They should form a special society.) Nor did I know that she took solace in the works of Homer, as I did a few years earlier when trying to figure out war and coming home from it. For a year, I drove to and from work every day listening and re-listening to The Odyssey, read by Ian McKellen.
I suspect this book will be read a lot longer than most books about the American war in Afghanistan. It especially will resonate with people interested in Special Forces.
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