General David Petraeus: 'Going Native' to Win in Afghanistan

In rare interview, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan defends disgraced Special Forces officer Major Jim Gant.
2:24 | 06/24/14

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There was no question that the column on was on the march. They were taking districts away from. Afghan and coalition forces. And we needed to halt that momentum Jim was the complete package when you consider what you're looking for -- green beret. Us special forces team leader he was as I've described among a number of occasions. Perfect counter insurgent. View. What people in the military who especially in special forces green berets who were going to be a remote locations -- -- to be comfortable. With -- with uncertainty. With lack of support -- they get a tight spot -- -- -- very self reliant. Confident. And they they do have to push the envelope they do have to to stretch the bounds of -- and there's an expectation. That they'll do -- celebrated as a quality. In these kinds of units. As I just want of this great guy out there and figure that perhaps he might help us in some of the really. Tough districts in the eastern part of the country in particular which he did because it was where he was. In the very beginning of the war he clearly -- -- he -- gutsy and intelligence. He was courageous. He was. Wasn't intimidated by a tough fight. He -- from the front. And in many respects he did go native you go native so that the natives. Feel that you respect them are comfortable with them and trust them -- bubble and he really was adopted as the sun boy sitting. That was the relationship and I went. We went on a patrol went to city -- village and there's no question about the relationship between these two individuals and that's what you want. I never like to use the term when you lose and I just like to use the term for progress and we were clearly making progress in his area. Cast a great deal of this individual. It provided a great deal. And to. Frankly to see his career and the way it did lose painful to hear about him obviously disappointing and he clearly took actions that were not in keeping -- standards and and he paid a very high price.

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