Skip to comments.Obama to nominate Army Gen. Rodriguez to lead AFRICOM (shakeup; flashback)
Posted on 10/26/2012 7:58:25 PM PDT by TigerClaws
WASHINGTON 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at stripes.com ...
I heard a story today from someone inside the military that I trust entirely. The story was in reference to General Ham that Panetta referenced in the quote below.
“(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told Pentagon reporters. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
The information I heard today was that General 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 Ham’s place as the head of Africon.
I found this story when I got home after hearing this story.
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.
As I was typing this I heard John Bolton on Greta say that there are conflicting reports of General Ham’s comments on this tragedy and why a rapid response unit was not deployed. Bolton says someone needs to find out what Ham was saying on 9/11/12.
Interesting. Thanks for all your posts.
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"Although forces were on alert and ready to launch an operation if needed, the US military commander for Africa, General Carter Ham, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and Panetta all decided against any intervention as they had no clear picture of events unfolding in Benghazi, he said."
Please take a look at Lyndon Johnson’s service record.
Why are you calling this a flashback? This doesn’t sound like an old article, and you don’t have an old date on it. This is confusing.
And what you are posting is way too important to get us confused about.
The patriots are spilling the beans.
Clearly the Kenyan traitor has lost the military, and they are breaking the truth of the treason in Benghazi by the marxist Islamist arms dealer in the white house, who kept the supply of arms to al queda going through Libya to support insurrection in Syria and elsewhere.
Evil, dangerous criminals. Every day it gets worse, as more info comes to light. Makes the Fast and Furious insanity look like a teddy bears picnic. Who thought up all this sinfulness?
The Stars and Stripes article is dated Oct 18 - last week. So, Obama is giving the heave-ho to the commanders who were subjected to his treachery on 9-11-12.
Where is General Ham now? Nothing on the internet other than what Panetta said.
Ooooh this is very big! How often does it happen that a general has to disobey orders to save American lives?
Gen. Ham is a 4-star https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b1/GEN_Carter_F.Ham_2011.jpg
Thanks for clarifying.
This is from September 11. On September 10, General Ham was in Nevada.
There’s nothing since 9/11 on Ham. The 9/25 article referred to his positions/comments earlier in the year.
So where is he now? Why is he so quiet?
[Please take a look at Lyndon Johnsons service record.]
He got a Silver Star for riding in a cargo plane.
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