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American Commando Brought His Girlfriend to Afghanistan—And Armed Her
War Is Boring ^ | March 26, 2014 | Dave Axe

Posted on 03/26/2014 10:11:31 AM PDT by DJ Taylor

Let me be clear about what I’m writing here. This is not only a story about disgraced U.S. Army Special Forces major James Gant. This is also a story about a story about Jim Gant.

On March 24, David Wood at Huffington Post published a glowing profile of Gant that carefully, even elegantly, talks around the shocking reality of Gant’s rise and fall as a commando officer in the Afghanistan war.

Gant had invited his girlfriend Ann Scott Tyson, a Washington Post reporter, to accompany him and his team on secret missions in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan in late 2010. And according to Wood quoting Tyson, Gant armed Tyson, teaching her to use “almost every weapon” in the Special Forces inventory.

Gant and Tyson, who are now married, lived close together in Afghanistan while unmarried—a big no-no by Islamic standards. Gant also kept alcohol in Afghanistan, where drinking is illegal. And he had unauthorized drugs and unsecured classified documents.

This long list of violations got Gant fired, demoted and kicked out of the Army. Tyson wrote a hagiographic book about her disgraced husband called American Spartan. I have not read it.

In his Huffington Post profile, Wood helpfully promotes the book and attempts to rehabilitate a rogue officer who clearly possesses essentially zero regard for Islamic customs, military regulations and common sense.

Gant, Tyson and Wood’s combined tale is a cautionary one about military hubris, cultural insensitivity, unsafe firearms practices and, on top of everything, piss-poor journalism.

(Excerpt) Read more at medium.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; annscotttyson; davidwood; huffingtonpost; huffpo; jimgant; specialforces
Major Gant reminds me of an officer I worked for under very similar circumstances in Vietnam in 1966, and, yes, he suffered a very similar fate as did Major Gant.
1 posted on 03/26/2014 10:11:32 AM PDT by DJ Taylor
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To: DJ Taylor

Was that Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore?


2 posted on 03/26/2014 10:15:55 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: DJ Taylor

He uses “zero regard for islamic customs” like its a bad thing.


3 posted on 03/26/2014 10:16:44 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: DJ Taylor

“U.S. Army Special Forces major James Gant”

Sorry pal, unaccompanied means unaccompanied and that’s the fact Jack.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 10:17:09 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: DJ Taylor
He ruined his career for this?


5 posted on 03/26/2014 10:19:59 AM PDT by Gamecock (Atheists: “There is no God and I hate Him.”)
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To: DJ Taylor

Broke Islamic rules:

How can I NOT like this guy...?!


6 posted on 03/26/2014 10:20:21 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: DJ Taylor
The ROE in Afghaniztan are a joke.

Also there are no objectives wrt our presence there.

The whole intervention is without merit.

7 posted on 03/26/2014 10:20:56 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DJ Taylor

“officer who clearly possesses essentially zero regard for Islamic customs”

I have no problem with this part.


8 posted on 03/26/2014 10:22:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Gamecock
Looks like an older Mike Myers.


9 posted on 03/26/2014 10:24:24 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DJ Taylor

Great article, thanks for sharing!


10 posted on 03/26/2014 10:36:34 AM PDT by carson_conservative
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To: Gamecock

There were better looking goats over there.He didn’t need to bring his own goat.


11 posted on 03/26/2014 10:38:28 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: DJ Taylor

Bo?


12 posted on 03/26/2014 10:38:47 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Gamecock

Bow Wow !!


13 posted on 03/26/2014 10:44:06 AM PDT by ßuddaßudd
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To: DJ Taylor

What part of “embedded media” don’t you understand?


14 posted on 03/26/2014 10:45:44 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: G Larry

Maybe he thought he was a 4 star general.


15 posted on 03/26/2014 10:48:05 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DJ Taylor
To David Axe:

"Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have more responsibility here than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. I know deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you don't want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then question the manner in which I provide it. I prefer you said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand to post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!"

Col. Nathan R. Jessup

16 posted on 03/26/2014 10:49:01 AM PDT by moovova (Global warming made George Bush do it.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> In his Huffington Post profile, Wood helpfully promotes the book and attempts to rehabilitate a rogue officer who clearly possesses essentially zero regard for Islamic customs, military regulations and common sense.

One of out those three ain’t bad.


17 posted on 03/26/2014 10:49:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: PeteB570

I assume you’re referring to Bo Gritz, but no it wasn’t him, although I did know him in Vietnam.


18 posted on 03/26/2014 10:57:41 AM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war,and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: SunkenCiv

That Huff Post article does make an interesting read, but you can’t post from Huff post on FR, but maybe the Mods will allow this:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/24/afghanistan-jim-gant-american-spartan_n_5008520.html


19 posted on 03/26/2014 11:01:22 AM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war,and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: DJ Taylor

Thx.


20 posted on 03/26/2014 11:07:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: DJ Taylor

Link to the book. I’ll kindle it.
http://www.amazon.com/American-Spartan-Promise-Mission-Betrayal/dp/0062114980/ref=sr_1_1/184-3294298-7444310?ie=UTF8&qid=1395857638&sr=8-1&keywords=american+spartan


21 posted on 03/26/2014 11:15:42 AM PDT by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: Lurker

Luckily he didn’t have a Bible, he would have been shot.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 11:18:17 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: driftdiver

LOLOLMAO!


23 posted on 03/26/2014 12:47:43 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: TurboZamboni

He puts her on point!


24 posted on 03/26/2014 2:51:49 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Lurker

“In his Huffington Post profile, Wood helpfully promotes the book and attempts to rehabilitate a rogue officer who clearly possesses essentially zero regard for Islamic customs, military regulations”

My kind of guy. :-)


25 posted on 03/26/2014 3:42:56 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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