Just to be clear, the only person that has the authority to strip a tab is the commander of JFKSWCS. That person is always a fellow SF soldier. So like RP said, to get your tab taken away is most certainly a SF thing. Why don't you slow down telling people how it is, when you really have no fucking clue.
Well, I just want to be clear and I'm not trying to disagree with you guys for the sake of it, but I' not making this up.
I asked a few friends and from reading Tyson's book it does fit Gant's assessment: it was BG Haas was the one who did relieve him of his SF tab (who is presently in charge of USASOC) and was in charge of U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) at the time (pg. 337-338 of the book). And I imagine given how high level it got to, it did require someone from USASOC to help authorize or indeed instigate that he was basically guilty before evidence was flooding in that most of his tactics were effective and his peers seemed to like him.
Additionally, General Mulholland was the main one (commander of USASOC at the time) who met with him, confirmed that he was kicked out and (pg 343 of the book), and explained to Gant that it was political. He could have stopped someone from SF command from taking away his tab but he didn't. I think when Gant refers to the "being treated unfairly" these are the parts of the "bureaucracy" he's referring to.
It's not as simple as someone from JFKSWCs just stripping it away, but when it became a scandal of this proportion (and rightly so) a lot of the hunchos who were butting heads over how to resolve this were from far higher up, detached, in their ivory tower, and this was their unfortunate decision. To say that they weren't in their ivory tower off somewhere in Kabul, D.C., or elsewhere, making uniformed decisions about guys like Gant seems a bit off.
As what SOWT mentioned,
"Night raids are effective, and they bitch because they know we will react."
I'm not saying they aren't, but as someone who I personally know Nate Fick and would use what he said on one talk that's better than the way I can put it (starting at 44:00)
that basically, if you're going to do it, you better get it right. Generally, the bar is so high that it makes night raids almost impossible to conduct, but that bar is there for good reason.
"Your telling me the Taliban or A-Q operate at night? BS Flag on that one."
They operate at night.
"USASOC has always been big-Army. Look at the non-SF Officers walking around that HQ and tell me that SF is the big guy in the room."
Yep, it's not good. Although the recommendation to replace them with regular army guys or SF guys, i.e. to replace the admin DOD civilians with soldiers and soldiers with some SF guys, seems impractical.
"Ask your buddy why the outpouring of support from the MOS 18 Community is lacking? That alone says volumes." Ask Jack Murphy, the founder of SOFREP, what he thinks. The last time I spoke with him, I think he generally agreed with Gant's tactics. He's a former 5th group guy. As for current MOS 18 people... I imagine it's because they're scared of speaking out publicly because they'll be punished.
And was Jeff a JTAC? I'm not sure, I suppose he could have been.