In a lengthy report published today, ABC News reveals new details of a mysterious overseas romance, between a prominent war journalist and a military commander, that has quietly captivated the American press. No, not that romance. Close, though.
Over two years ago, the news network reports, the U.S. Army forcibly retired Special Forces commander James Gant after military investigators discovered that he was carrying on an affair with Washington Post war correspondent Amy Scott Tyson while deployed to the Kunar province of Afghanistan. Gant’s superiors said the Green Beret major had succumbed to a “self-created fantasy world” in which he abused pain pills and alcohol and co-habitated with Tyson, who left the Post after Gant proposed to her in 2010. (At the time, both were heading toward divorce with their respective spouses.)
And this is where things get interesting. In March of this year, Tyson published American Spartan, a memoir about Gant’s success in winning the confidence of Pashtun tribes in Afghanistan. It drew blurbs from figures such as David Petraeus and positive coverage from outlets like The Huffington Post. The book’s portrayal of Gant’s 2012 removal, however, spurred several writers and bloggers to question the extent of Gant and Tyson’s relationship in Afghanistan. According to Tyson, Gant was removed because of various infractions involving drugs, alcohol, weapons mishandling, and even Gant providing Tyson with classified information—but not their affair. As ABC News explains at length, Tyson left that part out.
The Washington Post did not immediately return a request for comment.
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