Skip to comments.Top Green Beret Officer Forced to Resign Over Affair With WaPo Reporter
Posted on 06/25/2014 12:38:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A legendary Special Forces commander was quietly forced to leave the U.S. Army after he admitted to a love affair with a Washington Post war correspondent, who quit her job to secretly live with him for almost a year in one of the most dangerous combat outposts in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command never publicly disclosed that highly-decorated Green Beret Major Jim Gant was relieved of command at the end of a harrowing 22 months in combat in March 2012.
His commanders charged in confidential files that he had "indulged in a self-created fantasy world" of booze, pain pills and sex in a tribal village deep in Taliban and al Qaeda country with his "wife," journalist Ann Scott Tyson.
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Sounds like Colonel Kurz....
How many does this make? Are they set-ups?
Marlon Brando’s character Col Walter Kurtz in Apocalypse Now must have been his idol
They were on to him when they intercepted the following radio message:
I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream; that’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor... and surviving.
Can’t judge duh man w/o evidence.
And why aren’t all the others in his command structure and unit in danger of any consequence?
It’s not like he slept with a bed bug every night.
A whole live human being was in his bunk.
She had to eat, use the toilet and shower. Might have even needed a doctor or gynecologyst during this time.
He’s the only one being punished?
This happened in 2012? And ABC is bringing it back up?
Not pretty, but still:
STRAIGHT SEX FORBIDDEN..?
She’s totally hitable.
A man’s got needs.
I find both “Not Guilty” with prejudice. ..
Let the record be cleaned and expunged.
You sir are free to continue killing the enemy and coming home every night to boink your babe...
Sounds like that story where the GI flew his girlfriend to Vietnam and she ended up going on patrol with the Special Forces.
WTH is that?
It doesn’t even come close to the pic above...
If that’s the real thing, then maybe the guy got sick and needs medical care.
"Now, that's my kind of party!"
-Crusty the Clown
Shacking up with someone working for WaPo definitely shows poor judgement. If it was a Fox News gal it would be completely different.
“This happened in 2012? And ABC is bringing it back up?”
Running a series of headline stories that seem, on the surface, to mirror an already bad story subconsciously makes a large portion of people meld the stories together (ie, the Bird-Dawg desertion).
The point is to make Bird-Dawg seem “normal” - maybe even common.
The media does this mind trick often with gun stories.
It’s coordinated, too, for maximum impact.
After a while, the editors and journalists who aren’t even in on the scam start running similar stories because they see these articles in the majors and this tricks them into thinking that Americans are interested in these stories. And the trick multiplies.
It’s been going on since at least the Civil War.
Hopefully they will get a movie deal and become wealthy. Quite a story.
You want to win or follow the rules??
I think you are right.
So? The rest of the MSM ‘journalists’ are in bed with the “O” administration.
Adultery is forbidden.
He may have been an effective officer, but threw it all away by his own reckless behavior.
Well in all honor to his service..adultery is a crime in the military and to have his new woman live with him on assignment while the rest of his troop cant..and shouldnt..shows very bad judgement for a commander.
In today’s military, if he had a love affair with a man, he’d get promoted and his boyfriend would go to the White House to have tea with Michelle Obama.
Does the Army have an ability to punish her? He was the one who made a commitment to the Army. If she was killed over there, the Army would have been in trouble for it. If she got assaulted or injured, she would have sued the Army.
Wow, great minds....my first thought, too.
The betrayal was of their respective spouses and children. Breathtaking selfishness on their part, and characteristic special pleading by many on this thread. Good riddance.
I think you missed the part that said the Army was not revealing this. It just came out now.
A Special Forces soldier screwing a woman in a combat zone?
Bet that’s never happened before.
Here is an older thread on it.
You make an excellent point. Either you implicitly encourage subordinates to fraternize or else you rub their faces in your own specialness. Either way, it isn't leadership.
“He (Maj. Gant) was wounded seven times in his career — but always declined a Purple Heart Medal because his injuries were minor, he said.”
Sec. State John Kerry could not be reached for comment...
(BTW, Did you know that he served in Vietnam?)
“STRAIGHT SEX FORBIDDEN..?”
Yes, under HQ CENTCOM General Order # 1. No sex (regardless of rank of participants), no booze, no porn, & of course, no illegal drugs.
I was deployed to Uzbekistan, a much safer place. Those caught canoodling were on the next plane out to Germany & a court-martial. Those found with booze were told to light up a joint, you won’t be in worse trouble than you already are.
I got propositioned enough times by enlisted females to know they were CID setups. Especially since I was already 55 at the time.
Sounds a lot like M*A*S*H.................
AMERICAN SPARTAN: THE PROMISE, THE MISSION, AND THE BETRAYAL OF SPECIAL FORCESMAJOR JIM GANT
By Ann Scott Tyson
William Morrow, $27.99, 384 pages
Across the country, in the Konar region of eastern Afghanistan, Army Special ForcesMaj. Jim Gant was making similarly grim calculations and coming to much the same conclusion: Time was short, and by his estimate, drastic measures were needed. How he tackled the problem is the subject of Ann Scott Tysons gripping book, American Spartan. Miss Tyson is an accomplished war correspondent; she is also now Jim Gants wife. Miss Tyson eventually came to Maj. Gants Konar headquarters and became his partner in his effort to pacify Konar. In the process, Miss Tyson unapologetically lost her journalistic objectivity; however, it gives her the material for a gripping and highly readable book.
Since Iraq, Maj. Gant had been drinking heavily. Although he never drank in front of the Afghans, the consumption of alcohol is a blatant violation of General Order No. 1 for military personnel in Afghanistan. He and Miss Tyson had become lovers; she joined him in Konar, and they shared his quarters. This is another serious violation of General Order No. 1.
However, the hubris that comes with flaunting orders and getting away with it, combined with the isolation from higher headquarters, led to other irregularities. Maj. Gant was headed for a train wreck. It came in the form of a newly joined lieutenant who was offended by Maj. Gants freewheeling style, which violated all of the rules he had learned at West Point.
As one officer would later put it, Maj. Gant had gone Kurtz, in reference to the rogue colonel in Apocalypse Now. The lieutenants complaint led to investigation that ended Maj. Gants career and cost him his coveted Special Forces tab.
American Spartan is not meant to be a balanced account, but it is a brutally honest one. Maj. Gant became a deeply flawed human being. I agree with Miss Tyson that Maj. Gant is a superb American warrior; but in the end, he became a poor soldier. Afghanistan has plenty of warriors. All Afghan males think of themselves as such.
Without discipline, a military unit is just another militia, and Afghanistan has too many militias already.
Was he inspired by Eisenhower, Patton, etc?
Why is this any different from administration personnel shacking up with reporters?
Evidence clearly shows they were under the sheets in each other’s company.
The ROK used to be referred to as a TDY tour - “Temporarily Divorced for a Year”
The good major makes me think we have a righteous heir to Hackworth’s legacy.
Anyone know what weapon that is he’s carrying?
Maybe a local, a pro, or another soldier. But you think it's common for them to import a civilian to shack up with them in the most dangerous place in the world?
If something happened to her, would it have been a terrible black eye for the Army?
I didn't see this in the article. Did I miss something?
I thought the real Spartans got sex from their comrades-in-arms (ahem). Something about unit cohesion.
"I call it, the Urban Sombrero"