Was General Ham fired for trying to save the Americans in Benghazi against orders? It is a rumor circulating as to why he is being replaced immediately. There is some evidence to support it.
If true, does this mean the two men who defied orders with Ty Woods will be punished?
The terrorists who were released by our administration the day after the attack now roam freely in Benghazi and elsewhere.
Concerning the Benghazi attack of 9/11, General Ham said we had resources in the area. We had proximity in the area and he was not requested to take action. This is according to Rep. Jason Chaffetz as heard in the above video.
This was a direct contradiction of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s statement that the refusal to use force had come from him, General Dempsey and General Ham.
A rumor is circulating that General Ham moved to defy orders to try and save the lives of the Americans in Benghazi and was immediately relieved of duty. 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 that he was going to help anyway.
Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, according to the rumors, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.
While unconfirmed, it does need to be followed up. If true, it is unacceptable. We have petty bureaucrats who never served in charge of the military. They have continually lied and covered up the tragedy and no one can seem to hold them accountable.
It is also possible that General Ham made errors in judgment. We can only guess because the Obama administration is keeping the information close to the vest.
Confirmation of General Ham’s being replaced came on October 18th, and this is not a rumor.
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 . . .” [Washington Times]
The Senate must now confirm General Rodriguez.