AFRICOM GENERAL CARTER HAM –Unconfirmed Reports ask, Was Ham Relieved of Command Minutes Before Ordering Benghazi Rescue?

1o/29/12 UPDATE to Post of 11/27/12:

Everyday the mainstream media ignores this story and the string of either lies or incompetence out of the Washington continues, the suggestion of coverup grows.

As I write this Rush Limbaugh is speaking about the expectation former SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty had of air assets coming to their rescue at the CIA Annex in Benghazi.  And why wouldn’t they? They were under attack. It was American property and lives were at stake and… they probably had NEVER BEEN LET DOWN before.

Word from Spec Ops insiders  is that Tyrone Woods was “painting the target” with a laser, meaning they believed that they were backed up by the syncing of the C130 or drone on station overhead. They expected that by revealing their position with the laser on the enemy mortar crew a laser guided missile would be on its way to defend them. Instead?

The same terrorist mortar crew they illuminated ultimately killed them.

If you are outraged as I am at the compounding of the lies we are hearing from Washington, you can make a difference by sharing this post and any others addressing the Benghazi attacks.

QUESTION: Is it reasonable to think that the General commanding AFRICOM might disobey  three “Stand Down” orders from Washington to save his people?

I would like to believe such honor still exists.

10/27/12 DISCLAIMER: Unconfirmed, this string of blog reports and opinion editorial is declared “rumor” as cited by independent bloggers. Well worth watching, this diary post does not offer any confirmation of these rumors.  Please read with healthy skepticism noting that America has been offered heartbreaking new surprises every day regarding the tragedy which took place at the US Consulate and CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12.  Will edit as story develops, true or false. See “Comments – Ron Robinson” for insightful links and corroboration as to military and POTUS response potential. JMP

UPDATE 10/30/12 General Demsey Denial — See Dempsey statement at bottom of post

GATEWAY PUNDIT  — Posted by Jim Hoft, October 27, 2012 3:45 pm EST

“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.”

Read full post here: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/10/was-africom-general-replaced-for-his-efforts-to-save-benghazi-security-officials/


AMERICAN THINKER October 27, 2012

Has General Ham Been Fired?

Mike  Johnson

Has General Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, been fired for  defying Leon Panetta on Benghazi?

Glenn  Reynolds, the Instapundit, ran a piece Saturday afternoon titled “Interesting Rumor  Concerning General Carter Ham and Stand Down Order.” This piece is presented as  a rumor. It suggests that General Ham was told to stand down from sending aid to  Benghazi, that General Ham on his own decided to proceed, and that he was then  relieved of his command. Remember, all rumor at this point.

On  18 October 2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta participated in a  “DOD News Briefing on Efforts to Enhance the Financial Health of the  Force.” In his introductory remarks, Mr. Panetta said: “Today I am very pleased  to announce that President Obama will nominate General David Rodriguez to  succeed General Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command . .  .”


ADDED 10:10 PM EST 10/27/12:

Obama to nominate Army Gen. Rodriguez to lead AFRICOM

Paxton tapped to be assistant commandant of Marine Corps


Stars and Stripes
Published: October 18, 2012
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.

He’s “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 Ham’s 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.”

READ MORE: http://www.stripes.com/news/obama-to-nominate-army-gen-rodriguez-to-lead-africom-1.193564


ADDED 10:34 pm EST 10/27/12 Interesting side note from NBC affiliate, NBC29.com

Navy replaces admiral leading Mideast strike group

Posted: Oct 27, 2012 3:44 PM MDTUpdated: Oct 27, 2012 3:44 PM MDT

AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. 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, Washington state, 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.

The Navy did not reveal details of the allegations, citing only an accusation of “inappropriate leadership judgment” that arose during the strike group’s deployment to the Middle East. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy’s chief spokesman, declined to discuss the investigation.

READ MORE http://www.nbc29.com/story/19932784/navy-replaces-admiral-leading-mideast-strike-group


WASHINGTON TIMES — Editorial Page, “The Robbins Report” ADDED 10/28/12 @ 4:40 pm EST


TRR: Is a General losing his job over Benghazi?

By James S. Robbins – The Washington Times

October 28, 2012, 12:32 AM

“Is an American General losing his job for trying to save the Americans besieged in Benghazi? This is the latest potential wrinkle in the growing scandal surrounding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack that left four men dead and President Obama scrambling for a coherent explanation.

“On October 18, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appeared unexpectedly at an otherwise unrelated briefing on “Efforts to Enhance the Financial Health of the Force.” News organizations and CSPAN were told beforehand there was no news value to the event and gave it scant coverage. In his brief remarks Mr. Panetta said, “Today I am very pleased to announce that President Obama will nominate General David Rodriguez to succeed General Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command.” This came as a surprise to many, since General Ham had only been in the position for a year and a half…”

Read more: TRR: Is a General losing his job over Benghazi? – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/robbins-report/2012/oct/28/general-losing-his-job-over-benghazi/#ixzz2Ad1I92QF
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ADDED 10/29/12  5:00 pm EST 

McCain: Obama Might Be Conducting ‘Massive Cover-Up’ With Libya Attack

October 29, 2012 1:18 PM

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Sen. John McCain claims the Obama administration might be conducting a “massive cover-up” with the deadly terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

On CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said President Obama has been incompetent with the way he has been handling the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attack.

“I don’t know if it’s either a cover-up or the worst kind of incompetence, which doesn’t qualify the president as commander in chief,” McCain said.

The Republican senator was primarily talking about statements the administration made early after the attack where U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said the Consulate attack was a “spontaneous” event caused by the anti-Mohammed film that caused massive protests across the Middle East. READ MORE: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/10/29/mccain-obama-might-be-conducting-massive-cover-up-with-libya-attack/


UPDATE: 10/29/12 7:30 pm EST: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey issued a written statement Monday calling speculation about the reasons for Ham’s move “absolutely false.

Dempsey: Africa Command change not tied to Libya

Published October 29, 2012

Associated Press

The top U.S. military officer is denying reports that Army Gen. Carter Ham’s planned departure as head of U.S. Africa Command is linked to the Sept. 11 attack in Libya.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey issued a written statement Monday calling speculation about the reasons for Ham’s move “absolutely false.”

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Oct. 18 that Gen. David Rodriguez is being nominated to succeed Ham. The Africa Command is responsible for U.S. military operations and relations in much of Africa.

Last week, Panetta said he, Dempsey and Ham all felt very strongly that it would have been a mistake to insert U.S. forces into Benghazi during the attack, which killed four Americans.

Dempsey said Monday that Ham’s departure is part of “routine succession planning.”

Read More: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/29/dempsey-africa-command-change-not-tied-to-libya/#ixzz2AjXxegCG

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