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Posted: 6/11/2003 7:04:38 AM EDT
[url]http://www.msnbc.com/news/925113.asp?0cv=CB20[/url] While Col. Kassem Saleh was stationed in Afghanistan, he had plenty of support from back home. He could count on emails, letters and phone calls from his women — more than 50 fiancées who he met through Internet dating services. Now these women, recently clued in to his “chronic courting,” want the Army to take action, according to a report in Wednesday’s New York Times FOR YEARS, according to some of the women, Saleh met women through Web sites like tallpersonals.com, match.com and christiansingles.com. What ensued were flowery emails, letters and satellite telephone calls from his bases in Afghanistan. “He wrote better than Yeats. He wrote better than Shakespeare. He totally intoxicated you with his feelings: ‘Oh, baby, I want to tell you how much I miss you.’ ‘I can’t wait to get home to you,’ ” Robin Solod, 43, told the Times. A member of the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., Col. Saleh headed reconstruction and humanitarian efforts for the U.S.-led military operations in Afghanistan, Army spokesman Col. Roger King, told the Times. The women want the Army to punish Saleh and according to King, the Army is investigating the matter, the Times reported. His scheme fell apart this spring when a local Washington television station broadcast a story about a woman who was engaged to Saleh. MSNBC.com’s local news Web site picked up the story and other women who thought they were Saleh’s betrothed called the television station. TRACKING DOWN THE TRUTH Solod read the news story on the Internet and tracked down Saleh’s “fiancée” in Washington despite his denials that he and the woman were “just friends.” Solod discovered that the two were indeed involved, an exposure that has deeply hurt the many women who thought they were soon headed down the aisle, according to the report. According to some of the women, not even the sappy emails were unique. Saleh would reuse emails he received from his women and forward them to many others. In one e-mail message that the New York Times said Solod supplied, he wrote: “You are my world, my life, my love and my universe. It’s like my mother used to say to me in Arabic when I was a little boy. Yi Yunni (my eyes), Ya hyyetti (my love), Ya elbee (my heart), and Ya umree (my life). She used to sing it to me so I would fall asleep in our one-bedroom apartment in the slums of Brooklyn.” “We are not a group of stupid, naïve women,” Sarah Calder, 33, told the Times. “We are bright, intellectual, professional women. I can’t tell you how much he wooed us with his words. He made us feel like goddesses, fairy princesses, Cinderellas. We had all found our Superman, our knight in shining armor.”
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:12:26 AM EDT
Hell hath no furry like a woman scorned... I've heard of covering your bases, but sheesh, 50 women... what was this guy thinking?
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:13:52 AM EDT
whoopps LOL [LOL]
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:16:13 AM EDT
And yet Lordtrader is in a slump. Maybe Col. Saleh can spare a few for the ARFCOM Lonely Hearts Club?
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:23:03 AM EDT
"Cut & Paste" has got to be the most useful windows function in existance. [}:D] -Nick Viejo.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:30:38 AM EDT
“We are not a group of stupid, naïve women,” Sarah Calder, 33, told the Times. “We are bright, intellectual, professional women. I can’t tell you how much he wooed us with his words. He made us feel like goddesses, fairy princesses, Cinderellas. We had all found our Superman, our knight in shining armor.”
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Geeeze...They sound like stupid fu
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:32:32 AM EDT
[red] ?We are not a group of stupid, naïve women,? Sarah Calder, 33, told the Times. ?We are bright, intellectual, professional women. I can?t tell you how much he wooed us with his words. He made us feel like goddesses, fairy princesses, Cinderellas. We had all found our Superman, our knight in shining armor.? [/red]
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But of course they aren't naive. Because naive people don't act like that.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 8:39:39 AM EDT
They want the army to take action? For what? He didn't break any laws, and the UCMJ is silent on the issue. They should consider it a lesson learned and move on. In other words: GROW UP!
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 8:50:41 AM EDT
zaphod...I can't agree more. This fella didn't break any laws. As far as I know, you can date as many woman as you want. If he didn't try and swindle them out of money or wasn't married; I can't see what they can do to him. I think that these stupid spinsters are just mad that they weer made to look so pathetic that they want the satisfaction of him portrayed as doing something criminally wrong. That way it will take the heat off of them.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 9:10:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By sloth: zaphod...I can't agree more. This fella didn't break any laws. As far as I know, you can date as many woman as you want. If he didn't try and swindle them out of money or wasn't married; I can't see what they can do to him. I think that these stupid spinsters are just mad that they weer made to look so pathetic that they want the satisfaction of him portrayed as doing something criminally wrong. That way it will take the heat off of them.
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Granted, he probably did nothing criminal, but he's sure to see some civil suits...
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 9:18:20 AM EDT
Personally I don't think the army should get involved. However the old phrase ..."behavior unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman..." comes to mind here. Lawsuits for what? Dating more than one chick online? Oh hell our courts would be pleanty busy if they were able to pull this off.
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Link Posted: 6/11/2003 10:42:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Dredd308: “We are not a group of stupid, naïve women,” Sarah Calder, 33, told the Times. “We are bright, intellectual, professional women. I can’t tell you how much he wooed us with his words. He made us feel like [red]goddesses, fairy princesses, Cinderellas.[/red] We had all found our Superman, our knight in shining armor.”
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Always back to their childhood dreams of a fairytale life. Oh yes,.. these were definitely women of high intellect.[rolleyes]
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 11:30:29 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Alex_F:
Originally Posted By sloth: zaphod...I can't agree more. This fella didn't break any laws. As far as I know, you can date as many woman as you want. If he didn't try and swindle them out of money or wasn't married; I can't see what they can do to him. I think that these stupid spinsters are just mad that they weer made to look so pathetic that they want the satisfaction of him portrayed as doing something criminally wrong. That way it will take the heat off of them.
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Granted, he probably did nothing criminal, but he's sure to see some civil suits...
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Again, for what? Hurting their feelings? Get real. Any sane judge (and therein lies the problem, no?) would quickly toss such a suit into the gutter where it belonged...
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 11:47:15 AM EDT
“He wrote better than Yeats. He wrote better than Shakespeare. He totally intoxicated you with his feelings: ‘Oh, baby, I want to tell you how much I miss you.’ ‘I can’t wait to get home to you,’ ” Robin Solod, 43, told the Times.
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I don't remember Shakespeare using that many "Oh, baby"'s.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 11:48:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Aimless: "A soldier said he loved me, wanted to marry me and lied!" Wow if they Army takes that up, think of the class action lawsuits from little old ladies all across Britian, France, Germany, Holland etc?
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... and Australia, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam - wherever soldiers, sailors or marines go, it's an age-old story. Hell, probably some woman in Gaul went to a Roman centurion to complain about "Biggus Dickus" sleeping around on her. So the guy was a dick to be stringing them all along, but legal punishment? Get real. Did he even meet these women in person, much less sleep with them? Was he already married? Did he steal money from them?
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 12:05:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dredd308: “He wrote better than Yeats. He wrote better than Shakespeare. He totally intoxicated you with his feelings: ‘Oh, baby, I want to tell you how much I miss you.’ ‘I can’t wait to get home to you,’ ” Robin Solod, 43, told the Times.
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[>:/] Call me crazy, that's not exactly in the same league as the Sonnets.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 12:38:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raven:
Originally Posted By Dredd308: “He wrote better than Yeats. He wrote better than Shakespeare. He totally intoxicated you with his feelings: ‘Oh, baby, I want to tell you how much I miss you.’ ‘I can’t wait to get home to you,’ ” Robin Solod, 43, told the Times.
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[>:/] Call me crazy, that's not exactly in the same league as the Sonnets.
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[lol]
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 12:39:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raven:
Originally Posted By Dredd308: “He wrote better than Yeats. He wrote better than Shakespeare. He totally intoxicated you with his feelings: ‘Oh, baby, I want to tell you how much I miss you.’ ‘I can’t wait to get home to you,’ ” Robin Solod, 43, told the Times.
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[>:/] Call me crazy, that's not exactly in the same league as the Sonnets.
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Those sonnets would be so much better with a few "oh babys", and "damn girl, you so fine".
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 12:47:57 PM EDT
Hey maybe he will teach Wave and Lordtrader how to write. Dang come to think of it I would like to read some of his letters or better yet some of the letters he got back!!!Yikes[^]
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 12:51:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 2:09:29 PM EDT
Hmm.. the guy has a muslim name....guess he wanted to have the harem that the muslims in muslim countries are allowed to have!! He didn't break any laws, just hearts, and personally, oh well. Women have been doing that kind of crap to men also. I hope that the Amry drops the investigation. But the use of the satphone and DOD computers in the matter might get him phucked.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 6:05:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 6:48:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Troy:
Originally Posted By Dredd308: “We are not a group of stupid, naïve women,” Sarah Calder, 33, told the Times.
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I beg to disagree. -Troy
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I don't think you need to beg on this one.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:03:59 PM EDT
What a lucky (before he got caught [:D]), SOB!
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:25:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By illigb: Hell hath no furry like a woman scorned... I've heard of covering your bases, but sheesh, 50 women... what was this guy thinking?
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Thinking really big!
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:35:10 PM EDT
Did these women even meet him??? I mean physically in person see him?!! Don't see any criminal doings there anyways. Not like he was asking for money or anything. Plus, since when did agreeing to get married become a legal contract?!!! I think they were just wanting the money a soldier gets for having a wife and the ability to say they married a "war hero". Dumb broads! [rolleyes]
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 7:37:05 PM EDT
Those women should read Judge Judy's book, "Beauty Fades, But Dumb Is Forever".
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