Skip to comments.Obama Administration Replaces Top Generals Following Benghazi Disaster
Posted on 10/27/2012 4:39:50 PM PDT by bobsunshine
The latest rumor making the rounds is that Barack Obama replaced General Carter Ham at Africom after the general made a move to help the US security officials at the Benghazi consulate and annex. Ham was replaced by Gen. David Rodriquez on October 18. Tiger Droppings reported:
The information I heard today was that General [Carter] Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.
General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.
The story continues that now General Rodiguez would take General Hams place as the head of Africom.
Sure enough Obama nominated Gen. David Rodriguez to replace Gen. Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command. The Stars and Stripes reported:
President Barack Obama will nominate Army Gen. David Rodriguez to succeed Gen. Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command and Marine Lt. Gen. John Paxton to succeed Gen. Joseph Dunford as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Thursday.
Both appointments must be confirmed by the Senate.
Rodriguez is the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command and has served in a variety of key leadership roles on the battlefield, Panetta said.
Hes a proven leader who oversaw coalition and Afghan forces during the surge in Afghanistan, and was the key architect of the successful campaign plan that we are now implementing, Panetta said.
In announcing Hams successor, Panetta also praised the work Ham has done with Africa Command.
Gen. Ham has really brought AFRICOM into a very pivotal role in that challenging region, Panetta said. I and the nation are deeply grateful for his outstanding service.
Hat Tip Tom
More The Obama Administration also relieved the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette. It is highly unusual for the Navy to replace a carrier strike group commander during its deployment. The Stars and Stripes reported:
The Navy said Saturday it is replacing the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment.
Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette is being sent back to the USS John C. Stennis home port at Bremerton, Wash., in what the Navy called a temporary reassignment. The Navy said he is not formally relieved of his command of the Stennis strike group but will be replaced by Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, who will assume command until the investigation is completed.
It is highly unusual for the Navy to replace a carrier strike group commander during its deployment.
Ace of Spades says the move to replace Rear Adm. Charles Baouette is likely not related to Benghazi.
We have a coup brewing?
Court marshall him. On TV.
This has been reported on FR, but we need confirmation of this intel from a separate substantial source...because it cannot or has not been confirmed independently online or elsewhere.
Info on Benghazi keeps coming out.....
Check the keyword for Benghazi....absolute torrents of articles and statements.
Saw an abbreviated Brett Baer Special Report on the Benghazi coverup ,...attack this morning.
Expect more to be shown tonight and Sunday ...believe at 10 pm EST.
Graphic by LadyJag!
Usafricom website still has Ham as the CO.
Surprising he didn’t try to blame GW Bush...that would be par for the course for the golfer in chief. It’s always somebody else’s fault, y’know. Meanwhile, this is beginning to take on aspects of it being his fault, his own fault, his VERY own fault, and NOBODY ELSE’S fault but 0bama, directly.
He should be dancing from that rope.
Then we can get to your picture.
From the Africa Command web Site:
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct 19, 2012 President Obama has nominated Army General David M. Rodriguez to succeed Army General Carter F. Ham as the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, October 18, 2012.
U.S. Africa Command is the newest combatant command, and its headquarters is in Stuttgart, Germany. The command encompasses all of Africa and its adjacent waters except for Egypt.
GEN Ham is still Cdr AFRICOM, and presumably will remain so until the Senate has confirmed GEN Rodriquez, which will not happen until after the election. He hasn’t been relieved. GEN Ham has been at AFRICOM for less than two years, so this move is a little bit unusual. Ham may be leaving for completely unrelated reasons, or he could be getting sacked for reasons related to Benghazi. Valarie Jarret probably knows, but none of us do, and probably won’t for some time. Eventually the real reason will leak out - post election most likely
Please tell me this is real.