Obama Administration Replaces Top Generals Following Benghazi Disaster

General Carter Ham

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 Ham’s 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.

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.”

Hat Tip Tom

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.

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  • Texas_Treeroach

    How many people can fit beneath the Obama bus?
    (Hint: How many stars are in our galaxy?)

  • owl

    This might be the reason for what I just watched on FOX. Jamie had General McInerney on and he was ready to burn them all.

    He gave Panetta a break a few days ago because he said “Panetta gave the order to get Osama” but he was mad about it then.

    Today he was ready to burn even Panetta. He said somebody should have went toward the fire. He said even the Amb might have been saved. Blasted them!

  • Abelard

    RE: Texas_Treeroach

    Evidently a General and an Admiral.

    Dear sweet G_d.

  • RealMc

    #’s 1 and 2………. gone just like that.

    Or like a pro-American General and Admiral.

    God Save Us.

    This bodes not well, not well at all.

  • donh

    The expression HAM FISTED will need additional definition…to suffer a rectal exam by means of clenched fist wearing leather glove.

    Note to commanding officers…If you are going to disobey a corrupt order from Obama, your first order should be to jail your second in command.

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  • Joanne

    OMG!!! This is just incredible. Not only is Obama playing mom, but now he is replacing men who did not stand down. ‘Oh, I know nothing, but I’m replacing those who didn’t follow orders.’ I cannot believe this. Things are heating up; I hope everything self-combusts and goes right out of control. The U.S. military swore an oath to protect the U.S. from enemies outside and within, and it is time they honour their oath. We should pray for them all.

  • Winston Wolfe

    Aside from the atrocity that is Benghazi, this is stupid, stupid politics.

    You don’t pour gasoline on an already burning fire by replacing Admirals and Generals two weeks out from an election.

    But then again, nobody with a half a brain ever said this jug-eared punk was smart.

  • Hera


    They will only investigate after Obama is safely reelected. Our time would be better spent making sure Romney is elected President.Not only will that get rid of Obama but also the corrupt Holder Justice Dept.

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  • gary

    cnn news phone number.

  • Abelard

    Either Panetta or Obama gave the order.

    If it was Panetta, he was following his boss’ direction.

    Someone needs to admit to a massive error in judgment ASAP.

  • forest

    Our people are dead, their family members are accusing the Regime of lying and murder, a guy is in prison for youtube thoughtcrime, and now we fin out the Africom commander got canned for trying to do his job.

    But this is not a news story to the MFM.

  • donh

    and the news breaks on a Saturday…..Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre de ja vu. …> http://youtu.be/_5AndvL7Y9k

  • Linda

    “Both appointments must be confirmed by the Senate.”

    Okay Senate…who will you stand with…who will you choose to LEAD OUR TROOPS…will you stand by General Carter Ham a Faithful Man that LOOKS OUT FOR OUR TROOPS or will you continue to bow to Obama?

    You too will be responsible for the outcomes!

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  • Economan

    Obama is covering his ass. He’s covering up for his own incompetence even it if means destroying these flag officer’s careers. If Obama is innocent why is he going out out of his way to do this? He’s acting like a Soviet ruler.

  • MicahStone

    Sounds like OBOZO has repeated Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. The similarities between the two don’t stop there….

    NIXON: Invoked Executive Privilege to cover up his involvement in a scheme to subvert an election
    OBOZO: Invoked Executive Privilege to cover up his involvement in a scheme to subvert the Second Amendment to the US Constitution which resulted in the deaths of two US border Patrol agents and thousands of mexican citizens.

    NIXON: Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson and Mitchell
    OBOZO: Jarrett, Emanuel, Axelrod, van Jones, Ayers, Dorn, Wright, Holder, Rezko, Jennings….

    NIXON: Appointed a political hack Attorney General who politicized ALL DOJ actions and became the SECOND WORST AG IN AMERICAN HISTORY
    OBOZO: Appointed a racist political hack Attorney General who racially focused and politicized ALL DOJ actions and became the WORST AG IN AMERICAN HISTORY

    NIXON: A lawyer who disrespected the law
    OBOZO: A lawyer who disrespects the law, the US Constitution, American values, Catholics, free enterprise, Jews, job creators, American Exceptionalism, Israel, American citizens….

    NIXON: Kissed butt of America’s enemy, the Chinese Communists
    OBOZO: Kisses butt of each and every enemy of America

    NIXON: Created an ENEMIES LIST of people who didn’t support him and used the LIST to intimidate, harass and slur innocent people
    OBOZO: Created an ENEMIES LIST of people who do not support him and uses the LIST to intimidate, harass and slur innocent people and have various agencies in the OBOZO regime go after these individual with the intent of destroying their business and/or livelihood.

    NIXON: A chronic LIAR
    OBOZO: A chronic, habitual, shameless, pathological, congenital, serial LIAR – to the billionth power

    NIXON: Resigned is disgrace; pardoned by his dumb-@$$, incompetent, bumbling former VP
    OBOZO: Hopefully resigns in disgrace or is thrown out of office in Nov. and takes his dumb-@$$, incompetent, bumbling VP with him.