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Fri Aug 10, 2018, 08:38 AM

The 'Steely-Eyed Killer' Who Became a Star on Fox News - Then Lost It All

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On May 6, 2011, retired Lt. Col Bill Cowan appeared on Fox News to talk about the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, which he opposed. At the time, Cowan had been a respected Fox News military analyst for a decade; his combat experience in the Marine Corps and background in special operations made him a favorite of Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto and other hosts.

Although Cowan was in his sixties, the grizzled Vietnam veteran was no armchair analyst. “Just got back from Jordan,” he announced on the broadcast that day, “where I did meet with some senior Iraqi military people.” Cowan said he went there “to talk about business and what was going on inside Iraq.”

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Now in his mid-70s, Cowan would likely still be pulling off this dual existence if not for a series of personal and professional troubles that beset him several years ago, primarily related to an unmet divorce settlement. The nadir came on September 24, 2015, when two police officers arrested him in front of his youngest daughter’s elementary school, in Leesburg, Virginia, after he had surprised her with a lunch visit. Cowan spent the next 45 days in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center—he still owed his ex-wife $273,000.

By then, the Defense Department had already severed its relationship with Cowan—he believes it was retaliation for his outspokenness on TV. It’s been a hard fall for the hard-bitten marine, whose legal and financial woes have mounted since his 2015 arrest. Last year, he was so short on cash that he briefly took a job stocking shelves at a supermarket. Today, there are outstanding warrants for his arrest in South Carolina and Virginia. Cowan says he is currently living in an unfurnished apartment somewhere out West to avoid being arrested again. A man who made his career on risky foreign operations is now carrying out one last mission: living on the lam.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 08:51 AM

1. Wow! But wouldn't a Lt. Col. have a pretty good-sized military pension?

Or is all of it being garnished?

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Response to brush (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 08:55 AM

2. His ex likely got half in the settlement and $275K in back support is a load

If he was living high on his TV and consulting money, his debts after the income disappeared would be huge.

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Response to brush (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 09:02 AM

3. 50% of his base pay at time of retirement.

And if he owes money to his ex, then it's probably being garnished!!

Which means he isn't getting very much, if he's getting anything!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 10:26 AM

4. Alas...

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