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Green Beret Brings Girlfriend to Afghanistan
New York Post ^ | June 29, 2014 | Gary Buiso

Posted on 06/29/2014 7:19:14 AM PDT by yldstrk

In a remote village in the dangerous northeastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, Army Green Beret Maj. Jim Gant was doing something few others had — he was making progress against the enemy.

To do so, he and his men went native — trading their body armor for traditional Afghan garb, growing long beards, speaking the local Pashto tongue, and forging close alliances with tribesmen, who would come to revere Gant as “Commander Jim.”

But when he went to bed at night, Gant had one thing his men did not — company.

Ann Scott Tyson, a Washington Post war correspondent, quit her job to live secretly with him on the front lines — where he taught her how to shoot an assault rifle for protection. They drank alcohol and made their own rules.

When his commanders got wind of the domestic bliss he carved out for himself in the heart of a war zone, Gant was quietly relieved of his command and pushed to retire in disgrace.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; specialforces
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1 posted on 06/29/2014 7:19:14 AM PDT by yldstrk
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To: yldstrk

Even Colonel Kurtz weeps in envy at this guy. LOL.


2 posted on 06/29/2014 7:21:08 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: yldstrk

I wanted a mission...and for my sins...they gave me one....


3 posted on 06/29/2014 7:24:15 AM PDT by BCW (Amazon: "Babylon's Covert War" - the Iraq conflict explained in detail)
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To: yldstrk

If he were gay he’d still have his Command....


4 posted on 06/29/2014 7:25:47 AM PDT by freebilly (How about this-- we stop trying to elect the unelectable)
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To: freebilly

The left hates guys like this because they have girl friends instead of small boys or goats.


5 posted on 06/29/2014 7:28:23 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: yldstrk

Baah, lots of officers had their own shack ups
in every war, at least this guy had her on the
front lines. More power to them.


6 posted on 06/29/2014 7:30:09 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Alberta's Child

As envious as a snail on a razor blade?


7 posted on 06/29/2014 7:30:59 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: yldstrk

Read the book! He was betrayed because his work as a Captain was better than most generals.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 7:32:13 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: yldstrk
pushed to retire in disgrace.

With a smile on his face, must have been good stuff.


9 posted on 06/29/2014 7:32:13 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: freebilly
If he were gay he’d still have his Command....

Still have his command AND his b!+ch.

10 posted on 06/29/2014 7:32:30 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: yldstrk
But when he went to bed at night, Gant had one thing his men did not — company.

Thus giving new meaning to the term "company man".

11 posted on 06/29/2014 7:34:14 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: mountainlion

Read the article, he was boozing pill popping adulterer


12 posted on 06/29/2014 7:34:24 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
Ann Scott Tyson, a Washington Post war correspondent, quit her job to live secretly with him on the front lines

That was the key mistake. Ann should have keep her job, and then all involved could claim she was an "embedded" reporter.

Yep, poor pun intended.

13 posted on 06/29/2014 7:34:33 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right

bwahahaha


14 posted on 06/29/2014 7:35:20 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Rules for thee, not for me. I’ve seen above the rules behavior from officers quite often, especially pilots. This goes beyond petty stuff like grooming standards, customs and courtesies, or other things that don’t make sense for the SF community down range. Anyone over E-7 seems to be a political animal these days, I do not like or trust 95% of these people. Too many people have been screwed because some Master is trying to make Senior, or Senior is trying to make Chief.

Isn’t it kind of foolish to put pictures of your team out for the whole world to see?


15 posted on 06/29/2014 7:37:53 AM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: yldstrk

Interesting, to say the least.


16 posted on 06/29/2014 7:38:04 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: freebilly
"If he were gay he’d still have his Command....

So true.

17 posted on 06/29/2014 7:38:28 AM PDT by magellan
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To: yldstrk
Read the article, he was boozing pill popping adulterer

"Show me a hero, and I'll show you a bum."
WW II ace Greg "Pappy" Boyington

By the way, if you delve deeper into Boyington's life, it becomes apparent that by "bum" he meant someone who was wildly out of the mainstream, not someone who was lazy.

18 posted on 06/29/2014 7:40:58 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: yldstrk

This story has been out and about, the reason it is in the news now is because said girlfriend is/has written a book...publicity needed.


19 posted on 06/29/2014 7:45:10 AM PDT by Tammy8
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To: yldstrk

Red the book and see who he really was.


20 posted on 06/29/2014 7:45:34 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Leaning Right

Heh, He said ‘Shw was an imBEDded reporter. Aint that the truth, and in more ways than one!


21 posted on 06/29/2014 7:49:24 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: BCW

22 posted on 06/29/2014 8:08:13 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: yldstrk

I doubt that the typical O-4 would be in long enough to get a standard (as opposed to disability) pension.I don’t know if that was his goal but if it was he probably missed out.


23 posted on 06/29/2014 8:18:16 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Gay State Conservative

sounds to me like he pulled a Bergdahl


24 posted on 06/29/2014 8:19:20 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
Not exactly:

The two first spoke over the phone in 2007 and eventually met in Washington, DC, in 2010, when the two — both separated from their spouses and each with four kids — quickly fell in love.

He does admit to taking pain meds and drinking, however, he probably saw more success than any other warrior in Afghanistan. Pain meds BTW are very easy to get hooked on.

25 posted on 06/29/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: yldstrk
Just read the whole piece...looks like he signed up in the mid 80’s.He was just a few years shy of his 30 year (as opposed to 20 year) pension.
26 posted on 06/29/2014 8:23:48 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: mountainlion

Written by whom? ... :-) ...


27 posted on 06/29/2014 8:27:23 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Tammy8

And, the name of the book is ..........??????


28 posted on 06/29/2014 8:27:53 AM PDT by The Final Harvest (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: yldstrk

There are very few soldiers that deep into the action who do not pop pills. The military gives a 180 day supply at a time.


29 posted on 06/29/2014 8:28:08 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: EEGator

Yep ... “gone native” or crazy ... one or the other ...


30 posted on 06/29/2014 8:28:42 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: CyberAnt

Check on who wrote it, too ... :-) ...


31 posted on 06/29/2014 8:29:27 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: tired&retired

no sh8

you mean our guys are no better than the Chechnya terrorist heroin addicts?


32 posted on 06/29/2014 8:34:36 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Antihero101607
Rules for thee, not for me. I’ve seen above the rules behavior from officers quite often, especially pilots. This goes beyond petty stuff like grooming standards, customs and courtesies, or other things that don’t make sense for the SF community down range.

My squadron commander and his senior staff had alcohol at parties in their quarters during a military exercise in which the commander himself invoked “General Order #1.”

Later, one of his staff brought me two junior NCOs and told me to read them their rights and take their statement. They got caught with a six pack.

I walked up to the Commander and said “I don't do hypocrisy.” I was never overtly “punished” but it hurt my career. At least I could respect myself.

33 posted on 06/29/2014 8:42:14 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Star Traveler
Written by whom? ... :-) ...

American Spartan written by Ann Scott Tyson. Biographies are always somewhat biased but I think less biased than news articles written by someone creating sensationalism to sell articles. I would rather support someone in the field than a desk jockey and I do not support drone operators getting combat medals. Obama made the war difficult and more dangerous with his no fight engagement rules. Jim Gant has a solution that worked too well and made obama’s warriors look bad.

34 posted on 06/29/2014 8:43:15 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: yldstrk

WTF is a Special Forces officer doing dating a Washington Post reporterette? They’re almost as big an enemy as Al Qaeda.


35 posted on 06/29/2014 8:43:17 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: yldstrk

People lose their way sometimes. That’s why these long wars are bulls**t. Fight to win or stay out.


36 posted on 06/29/2014 8:44:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: tired&retired

There are very few soldiers that deep into the action who do not pop pills. The military gives a 180 day supply at a time.


They tried to give me Ambien when I deployed. No thanks!

When I moved out of base housing I went through the medicine cabinet and dumped what must have been over a thousand pills (demeral, percocet, oxycontin, etc).

I’ve got to be in agony before I take any of that crap. I took Oxy once. After taking it I couldn’t sleep and my face itched.


37 posted on 06/29/2014 8:45:35 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: yldstrk

You need to examine the purpose of US Army Special Forces (Green Berets)

It isn’t to just fight as a uniformed military unit.

If you honestly look into what their agenda dictates, you will understand better why and how Gant lived this way...and was very successful at his job.


38 posted on 06/29/2014 8:45:57 AM PDT by JW1949
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To: Star Traveler

I will .. but first I would need to know the name of the book.


39 posted on 06/29/2014 8:46:03 AM PDT by The Final Harvest (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: yldstrk

I don’t think so.

‘Before long, Gant and the 17 men in his command didn’t even need to request assistance when things got hairy.

When there was word that a suicide bomber was headed to Mangwel, it was the local mosque that sounded the alarm over its loudspeaker.

“We did not ask them to do this,” Gant says. “That’s a pretty remarkable thing to happen in an Afghan village. I didn’t have one checkpoint in Mangwel, I had 4,000.”’

This guy met one smart tribal leader and did a Dances with Wolves. You can’t win wars that way because each tribe is different. It would be a good way to pull a social psychology “motivate the sheople” type of infiltration. Like the communists are doing to America.

And he had the blessings of the general who created COIN and established the wonderful rules of engagement (just google that) that have gotten so many of our boys killed, Petraeus...”He didn’t get the chance to fully realize this initiative until 2010, when Petraeus, now in command of the US forces in Afghanistan, ensured that Gant would go back to test out his “native” theory, charging him with supervision of “village stability operations.””

He was not on the side of the Taliban, he was a social worker who knew how to fight. Would have gotten paid more as a social worker.


40 posted on 06/29/2014 8:50:09 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: PLMerite

I saw a special about this guy. After he was kicked out of the military they went home and divorced their spouses. He cried about everything that happened to him and now looks sort of like a muslim which he has probably become. I’m not sorry for him. Just saying.


41 posted on 06/29/2014 8:50:12 AM PDT by NativeTxn
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To: blueunicorn6

I believe SunTzu said “a long war benefits no one”.

CC


42 posted on 06/29/2014 8:51:15 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Leaning Right

“I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.”


43 posted on 06/29/2014 8:57:49 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: CyberAnt

American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant
by Ann Scott Tyson

http://www.amazon.com/American-Spartan-Promise-Mission-Betrayal/dp/0062114980


44 posted on 06/29/2014 9:14:59 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

It’s also in Apple’s online bookstore for immediate download ...

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/american-spartan/id660485119?mt=11


45 posted on 06/29/2014 9:19:01 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I served with a guy claimed to be the OLDEST O-3 EVER!!!

WWII - Vietnam!

He loved to fight! That included most any barroom.


46 posted on 06/29/2014 9:19:21 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: DUMBGRUNT

To be in combat and learn you’re being led by an alcoholic drug addict isn’t something any of us want to experience.

IMHO, the Army did right in ridding its self of this guy.


47 posted on 06/29/2014 9:20:49 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: Star Traveler

Thanks.


48 posted on 06/29/2014 9:44:36 AM PDT by The Final Harvest (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: EEGator
"I dipped my bald head in vegetable oil cOLONel Kurtz photo: Colonel Walter E. Kurtz apocalypse_now_3.jpg and rubbed it all over her body."
49 posted on 06/29/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: CyberAnt

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_16?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=american%20spartan%20the%20promise%20the%20mission%20and%20the%20betrayal%20of%20special%20forces%20major%20jim%20gant&sprefix=American+Spartan%2Cstripbooks%2C1087


50 posted on 06/29/2014 9:52:44 AM PDT by Tammy8
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