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.
Is that what Queen of Spades has to say, too?
Sunday morning talk show spin doctors are receiving their Forward! progressive orders from the Marxist in chief now.
They will say the Kenyan did not order the Navy Seal heroes to be abandoned and die, they were not supposed to be there. What the Resident did was order the Al Qeda Folks who were channeling the weapons from the Libya US Embassy, to insurgents in Syria, those Folks were supposed to take Amb Stevens hostage, so he could be rescued by the Administration, when the folks that made the Mohammed video got arrested he could be swapped maybe.
Only problem is, patriotism got in the way of the Libya Fast and Furious plan.
The Navy Seals asked 3 times for cover and aid, targets painted with lasers for Spooky to take out from the sky, and three times Obama said stand down. Gen Ham refused so he got immediately sacked.
A few days later the Al Qeda Taliban in US military uniform entered Ft Bastion and killed two Marines incuding a wing commander at Ft Bastion, and destroyed 7 jump jet Harriers on the ground inside the airbase. How could the Taliban do this without treasonous support from inside the White House or inside traitors and treachery from the Pentagon?
Treason, traitors and treachery in the White House, Benghazi, and Fort Bastion. Those will be the questions tomorrow.
And, why is Obama gutting the fighting forces of battle commanders during an election season? That is a good question.
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There’s a story Gen Ham is out about a week after the 9/11/12 attack.
Ham was the don’t ask don’t tell / gays won’t have negative effect on military guy. Was on his way up the ladder until this.
Read his post was to continue until May 2013. Well, what happened? Why is he out?
There’s daylight between Ham’s story and Penetta. Penetta said Ham was consulted and part of the decision not to go because they weren’t ready. Bolton on Greta last night quoted Ham as telling Congressional investigators that nobody asked him to go.
Somehow I don’t think the cowardly treason of Benghazi will be portrayed by Harvey Weinstein or Kathryn Bigelow any day soon.
Ham said “nobody asked him to go”. If this statement is true,
Ham should be relieved of his command. It is Ham, that should
have been pleading to save our fellow Americans.
The former SEALs on the ground would give a situation assessment as part of their direct communication. CIA was in the loop. Situation Room at White House.
POTUS must give the okay to violate Libyan air space. He did not do so.
So there are three lies:
1. POTUS claiming to be out of the loop.
2. The situation on the ground unclear.
3. Troops not ready to go.
Look, these guys have careers and pensions.
What did they tell us?
CIA said basically WhIte House had the call, not us. We weren’t asked to go.
Ham said he wasn’t asked to go.
Who does the asking??
They’ve told us all how it went down without directly burning their own careers.
Ham will likely be subpoenaed at some point and tell his version of events to Congress. There’s a closed to the public hearing coming up. ... Post election.
Yes, he has been replaced by Rodriguez...but where is the evidence of the 30 second relief of duty...and his refusal to "stand down."
We need hard evidence...or at least a source to hang our hats on.
The Fox show is very good.
Apparently the two former SEALs were CIA. They were there pursuing 20,000 manpads - shoulder operated missiles. Those I’m the hands of terrorists could should down all air travel.
It was yet another Fast & Furious “get the weapons to the bad guys on our side” (in Mexico it was a ‘friendly cartel’; here ‘friendly Muslim extremists’).
Obama took credit in the foreign policy debate for Libya. Regime change without US sending in tons of troops. Obama was trying to do the same thing in Syria.
You initiated a policy to tolerate the Marxist-Alinsky radicals and let them rant; not only has it not ceased but was constantly augmented by decades of infiltration and indoctrination. You now have two Americas. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half statist and half free; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
Obama is a biological-ideological issue of the 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus radical, psycho spoiled brats.
As that crisis gets closer and closer our military members are going to have to choose sides.
The Hood and Thugs are running the show at the white house. Fire them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How much longer are we expected to put up with this b*llsh*t??
We have a coup brewing?
My thought exactly. What soldier would go into battle now knowing that he might not have his six covered ?
Well, I didn’t look for anything about the Admiral.
When I did, all the reports said was “relieved for inappropriate behavior”.
Two (and maybe more) front line staff officers get relieved in the same week, right after the Bengazi attack.
Hate to use old lines on you, but all I can say is
This doesn’t just look a little shady, this damn flat reeks.
Thanks for the ping.
God bless...and hang tough! (I know you will);-)
What’s the history on these two replacements? Are they gay, muslim, and/or usurper supporters?
A) Panetta said their was a lack of intelligence on the situation on the ground preventing forces from “rushing in”
B) Obama said his first act was to direct that we do everything possible to secure ALL our personnel and embassies.
C) If the POTUS had given such a command, Panetta’s statement would be moot.
D) So “everything” wasn’t done or Obama never made such an order.
E) Either way, Obama as POTUS is a POS as a CIC
Aside from that, this stinks.