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July 26, 2014

Gen. David Petraeus on Afghanistan, ‘Going Native’ and the Amazing Story of Maj. Jim Gant


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Gen. David Petraeus offered a rare on-camera interview to ABC News to accompany the tale of Special Forces Maj. Jim Gant, a top Green Beret officer who had to resign over an affair with former Washington Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson and other rules violations.

The entire saga, written up by James Gordon Meek, Rhonda Schwartz and Brian Ross, is riveting reading — different folk might conclude that Gant was “Lawrence of Afghanistan” or “Colonel Kurtz” (the mythical madman of “Apocalypse Now”), but Petraeus was convinced he was the truth.

“I never like to use the term winning or losing.  I just like to use the term progress.  And we were clearly making progress in his area,” Petraeus said.

After resigning in disgrace from the Central Intelligence Agency himself amid an affair with a writer, Petraeus has been slowly stepping back into the spotlight; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., recently recommended that President Barack Obama bring him back to the national security team, and he also recently appeared at a conference in London where he has weighed in on Iraq, immigration policy and more.

Gant’s story is also airing on Apple TV, and is the subject of a book by Tyson.

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