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ARCHIVES OF October, 2009


AfghanistanAgoraOne Tribe At A Time

The Full Document at last!

By Steven Pressfield | Published: October 29, 2009

Save Major Jim Gant's "One Tribe At A Time" to your computer, or view it right now.Download Major Jim Gant’s “One Tribe At A Time” to your computer, or view it right now.

[Because of the extraordinary response to Maj. Jim Gant’s paper, One Tribe At A Time, I’ve decided to leave it up all week in the “Number One Slot.”  My ongoing interview with Chief Ajmal Khan Zazai will pick again next Friday; the Chief has been in Kabul all week, meeting with U.S. and British commanders, and we haven’t had time to speak. So all’s well that ends well!] (more…)

Posted in Afghanistan, Agora, One Tribe At A Time

Writing Wednesdays

Writing Wednesdays

Major Jim Gant

By Steven Pressfield | Published: October 28, 2009

Because of the response to Monday’s posting of Major Jim Gant’s paper One Tribe At A Time, I’d like to keep the post “above the fold” all week, and run a shorter “Writing Wednesdays” post this week. The focus? Resistance and Major Gant.


Posted in Writing Wednesdays


AfghanistanAgoraAn Interview with an Afghan Tribal Chief

Warlords and Taliban

By Steven Pressfield | Published: October 23, 2009

[The blog is “on the road” this week.  Here is a re-run of the most clicked interview so far.  See you next week!]

Welcome back, Chief Zazai, after last week’s break in our ongoing, multi-part interview. As you know, we took that space last week to post an open letter to Gens. Jones, Petraeus, McChrystal and Adm. Mullen, alerting them to your formation of a Tribal Police Force in the Zazi Valley and asking for help in aligning that force with the American troops (10th Mountain Division) whose Area of Operations (AO) includes your district. Respect for confidentiality prevents me from publishing particulars, but I’m happy to say that we got an immediate response and that it was just what we hoped for. The top U.S. commanders are listening. More on that as it develops– and as confidentiality permits. Now back to our talk! (more…)

Posted in Afghanistan, Agora, An Interview with an Afghan Tribal Chief
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