Obama has relieved a number of high ranking Armed Forces officers of their positions after Benghazi and before the Congressional hearings on Benghazi starting next week.
On October 30th, Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette, Commander of the John C. Stennis carrier strike group in the Persian Gulf was relieved of his command during deployment, a highly unusual move. Around this time, Iran had fired at a U.S. Drone in the Persian Gulf in international waters off the Iranian coast. This information was concealed form the public until after the election.
On November 2nd, General Carter Ham, the Commander of Africom, which had responsibility for Benghazi, was also relieved of his command. Leon Panetta had stated that General Ham disobeyed orders to rescue. General Ham told Representative Chaffetz that he received no orders. Unconfirmed reports say that General Ham had his special forces troops ready to rescue, but was ordered to stand down. And when he refused and said he was going to rescue anyway, he was relieved of his command. Details of his actions have been concealed from the public. On the same day, Gen. Joseph Dunford was also relieved of his position as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.
On November 9th, General Petraeus, head of the CIA, resigned. The FBI has just investigated that General Petraeus was having an affair. The FBI had not investigated affairs by Former President Clinton, Senator John Edwards or Congressman Barney Frank, all of whom held very important and sensitive positions in the government, and all of whom had had numerous affairs. The Administration has insisted that they had received faulty intelligence about Benghazi from the CIA. Details of the CIA’s involvement in Benghazi have been concealed from the public.
Congressional hearings on Benghazi were scheduled for November 14th. Petraeus had been scheduled to testify.
November 10, 2012