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Top Green Beret Officer Forced to Resign Over Affair With WaPo Reporter
ABC News ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | JAMES GORDON MEEK, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and BRIAN ROSS

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; annscotttyson; apocalypsenow; colonelkurtz; greenberet; jimgant; socom; specops
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1 posted on 06/25/2014 12:38:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds like Colonel Kurz....


2 posted on 06/25/2014 12:41:24 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: nickcarraway

How many does this make? Are they set-ups?


3 posted on 06/25/2014 12:41:51 PM PDT by punknpuss
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To: nickcarraway

Marlon Brando’s character Col Walter Kurtz in Apocalypse Now must have been his idol


4 posted on 06/25/2014 12:44:09 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: nickcarraway
A photo of the happy couple in the 'Stan:


5 posted on 06/25/2014 12:45:56 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: punknpuss

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.


6 posted on 06/25/2014 12:46:02 PM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: nickcarraway
Guilty!


7 posted on 06/25/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT by FXRP
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To: nickcarraway

TTIUWP’s!

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?


8 posted on 06/25/2014 12:49:18 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway
"I've seen horror ... horror that you've seen." HElen Thomas photo: Helen Thomas Retires HelenThomas-Gimli.jpg "The horror ... the horror." Colonel Kurtz
9 posted on 06/25/2014 12:49:46 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: nickcarraway

This happened in 2012? And ABC is bringing it back up?


10 posted on 06/25/2014 12:51:34 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway

Not pretty, but still:

STRAIGHT SEX FORBIDDEN..?


11 posted on 06/25/2014 12:51:58 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: rjsimmon

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...


12 posted on 06/25/2014 12:52:33 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds like that story where the GI flew his girlfriend to Vietnam and she ended up going on patrol with the Special Forces.


13 posted on 06/25/2014 12:53:03 PM PDT by Argus
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To: nickcarraway
When "What happens TDY, stays TDY" goes too far.

LOL.

14 posted on 06/25/2014 12:53:59 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: FXRP

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.


15 posted on 06/25/2014 12:54:09 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway
"indulged in a self-created fantasy world" of booze, pain pills and sex in a tribal village

"Now, that's my kind of party!"

-Crusty the Clown

16 posted on 06/25/2014 12:55:55 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: FXRP
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17 posted on 06/25/2014 12:56:05 PM PDT by februus
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To: nickcarraway

Shacking up with someone working for WaPo definitely shows poor judgement. If it was a Fox News gal it would be completely different.


18 posted on 06/25/2014 12:58:20 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: blueunicorn6

“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.


19 posted on 06/25/2014 12:59:09 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: nickcarraway
Ann Scott Tyson and Jim Gant, who married last year, have come forward to tell their tale in her new book, "American Spartan: The Promise, The Mission And The Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant."

Hopefully they will get a movie deal and become wealthy. Quite a story.

20 posted on 06/25/2014 12:59:20 PM PDT by McGruff (What if we bombed our own citizens?)
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To: nickcarraway

You want to win or follow the rules??


21 posted on 06/25/2014 1:00:45 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Noamie

I think you are right.


22 posted on 06/25/2014 1:05:01 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway

So? The rest of the MSM ‘journalists’ are in bed with the “O” administration.


23 posted on 06/25/2014 1:06:21 PM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Vendome

hittable


24 posted on 06/25/2014 1:06:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: gaijin
STRAIGHT SEX FORBIDDEN..?

Adultery is forbidden.

He may have been an effective officer, but threw it all away by his own reckless behavior.


25 posted on 06/25/2014 1:06:49 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: punknpuss

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.


26 posted on 06/25/2014 1:07:39 PM PDT by aft_lizard
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To: nickcarraway

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.


27 posted on 06/25/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Vendome

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.


28 posted on 06/25/2014 1:08:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Tallguy

Wow, great minds....my first thought, too.


29 posted on 06/25/2014 1:09:14 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: McGruff
her new book, "American Spartan: The Promise, The Mission And The Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant."

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.

30 posted on 06/25/2014 1:09:47 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: blueunicorn6; Noamie

I think you missed the part that said the Army was not revealing this. It just came out now.


31 posted on 06/25/2014 1:09:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A Special Forces soldier screwing a woman in a combat zone?

Bet that’s never happened before.


32 posted on 06/25/2014 1:10:31 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: nickcarraway

Here is an older thread on it.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3138705/posts


33 posted on 06/25/2014 1:13:53 PM PDT by ansel12 (( Rand Paul---What a tragedy if America wouldn't have gotten to see Barack Obama as a leader.)
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To: aft_lizard
while the rest of his troop cant..and shouldnt..

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.

34 posted on 06/25/2014 1:14:00 PM PDT by Romulus
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“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?)


35 posted on 06/25/2014 1:14:38 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: gaijin

“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.


36 posted on 06/25/2014 1:15:09 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds a lot like M*A*S*H.................


37 posted on 06/25/2014 1:16:03 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: nickcarraway
His wife has written a book about their experiences.

American Spartan


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 AfghanistanArmy 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 Tyson’s gripping book, “American Spartan.” Miss Tyson is an accomplished war correspondent; she is also now Jim Gant’s wife. Miss Tyson eventually came to Maj. Gant’s 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 IraqMaj. 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.

The American military in Afghanistan and Iraq doesn’t allow booze, sex or dogs. Neither do the Taliban or al Qaeda. I’ve often wondered what they are fighting about.

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. Gant’s 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 lieutenant’s complaint led to investigation that ended Maj. Gant’s 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.




38 posted on 06/25/2014 1:16:14 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: aft_lizard

BTTT


39 posted on 06/25/2014 1:18:26 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Was he inspired by Eisenhower, Patton, etc?


40 posted on 06/25/2014 1:18:44 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Bratch

Why is this any different from administration personnel shacking up with reporters?


41 posted on 06/25/2014 1:19:21 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Tallguy; nickcarraway
"I loved you in 'Wall Street'"!


42 posted on 06/25/2014 1:19:24 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Romulus

Evidence clearly shows they were under the sheets in each other’s company.


43 posted on 06/25/2014 1:19:38 PM PDT by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: SIDENET

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.


44 posted on 06/25/2014 1:21:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: dblshot

Anyone know what weapon that is he’s carrying?


45 posted on 06/25/2014 1:21:49 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: Tallguy
"Sounds like Colonel Kurz...."

The horror!!
46 posted on 06/25/2014 1:22:29 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: SeaHawkFan; nascarnation
A Special Forces soldier screwing a woman in a combat zone?

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?

47 posted on 06/25/2014 1:22:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Romulus
The betrayal was of their respective spouses and children

I didn't see this in the article. Did I miss something?

48 posted on 06/25/2014 1:23:04 PM PDT by McGruff (What if we bombed our own citizens?)
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To: Bratch

I thought the real Spartans got sex from their comrades-in-arms (ahem). Something about unit cohesion.


49 posted on 06/25/2014 1:24:04 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: nickcarraway; Gamecock; F15Eagle
Actual photograph when he was found by an assistant.

"I call it, the Urban Sombrero"

"The horror!"


50 posted on 06/25/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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