An Admiral And A General Relieved Of Command In The Same Week?
I know this won't mean anything to the willfully ignorant, and OZ will again infer I have spoken to imaginary people. However, to those who have some knowledge and are applying common sense to what happened in the Benghazi deaths of 4 Americans; this is significant. Two top ranking officers were relieved of command within days of each other, both of them serving in the Middle East theater of operations. It is highly unusual for the Navy to replace a carrier strike group commander during its deployment.
Secretary, Chairman Respond to Reporters on Benghazi Attack
Oct. 25, 2012
"(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 secretary and chairman both said U.S. troops in the area were on heightened alert because of the 9/11 anniversary, but as Dempsey noted, “It was 9/11 everywhere in the world.”
The chairman told reporters both the Defense Department and State Department are studying the attack and surrounding circumstances to better understand what happened.
“Clearly, the American people deserve to understand what happened in Benghazi. [But] it's not helpful, in my view, to provide partial answers,” Dempsey said."
Oct 27, 5:36 PM EDT
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 stae, 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.
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.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
General Carter Ham, commanding Africom will be replaced by General David Rodiguez. Again, no specifics on why he’s being replaced. However, his name came up during Leon Panetta’s fumbling excuse making about Benghazi.
“…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 rumors circulating claim that Gen. Ham had access to the same flash traffic and emails the White House received regarding the situation in Benghazi. Gen. Ham assembled a rapid deployment team and wanted permission to launch a rescue mission but his request was denied.
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.
Petraeus resigns after affair with biographer turned up in FBI probe, Fox News confirms
CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair -- an affair with his biographer that was revealed over the course of an FBI investigation, Fox News has learned.
The FBI had been investigating an unrelated and much broader case before stumbling on the affair. Fox News has learned that during the course of this investigation, the name of journalist and Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell came up. The FBI followed that lead and in doing so, uncovered his affair with her. The FBI for some time was concerned that perhaps Petraeus was some sort of victim, but there has been no evidence discovered to back up such concerns.
Petraeus met with President Obama on Thursday before submitting his letter of resignation. In a message to staff, he said Obama accepted his resignation letter and that he asked "to be allowed" to step down.
The move comes amid the unfolding controversy surrounding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Scrutiny has fallen on a range of agencies including the CIA, and the director had been set to testify at hearings next week -- he is no longer expected to do so. But Petraeus, in his resignation message, cited strictly "personal reasons" surrounding the affair.
Petraeus' wife, Holly, also works in the Obama administration, for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The decision abruptly ends the public-service career of one of the military's most vaunted leaders. He led the surge in Iraq, and was later tapped to lead U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan -- following two years at the helm of U.S. Central Command. In April 2011, Obama again tapped Petraeus to lead the CIA.
He leaves just three days after Obama was elected to a second term, and amid a challenging environment for the country's intelligence community -- which is dealing with not just rogue nations like Iran but a changing landscape elsewhere as a result of the Arab Spring. It has been confirmed that the U.S. compound that was attacked in Libya housed CIA operatives as well as State Department staff.
The intelligence community subsequently came under scrutiny when some officials suggested the administration initially claimed the attack was "spontaneous" only because of the intelligence assessments at the time. Obama said he has named Michael Morell, the agency's deputy director, to serve as acting director.