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One Tribe at a Time

Make no mistake, there is a lot more ghting and killing to do. We should do it on our terms, side by side with Afghans with as many advantages as we can have. e TTE strategy will give us that.

  • is plan requires a small group of men who can

comprehend the extensive networks, inuences and idiosyncrasies of the mission and the environment. We’re talking about “street smarts”—the instinct to grasp and account for all second, third and fourth order eects of decisions at all levels.

  • is is warfare at the Ph.D. level. It is constantly

changing and requires continual assessment. Only a few dedicated men can execute this plan properly.

It will become a very personal ght. Once we commit to the tribe, the Pashtunwali code comes into eect for the US team as well. In the end it will be the

TET’s ability to build a true bond with the tribe that is backed up by warrior ethos: the ability and desire to

  • ght and die alongside them when necessary.

Start small, think big

  • is strategy can be tested on a pilot basis. It

doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Tactical Tribal Engagement can be tried out on a small-scale (one or two tribes in a given area) to determine how produc- tive it will be for the long term. It will take at least six months to a year to see any tangible results. Once it is demonstrated that this course of action will work, more resources can be put into it for the long-term (three to ve years). I think everyone agrees that Afghanistan will not be won overnight. is strategy requires an investment of time, but not major man- power or resources.

Sitting Bull, Dr. Ahkbar and I enjoyed many late-night conversations in the midst of our tribal friends.


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