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anonymous Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 11:41 AM
If you want to know whether the DoD was consulted, just take a look at the replacement of GEN Ham by the Administration. If he was asked to execute something he'd have done it. If he wanted to do something and was told no, he may have resigned in protest and it's all kept quiet by two folks: guess who they are.
Bigdogoffthechain Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 4:11 PM
GEN Ham was in DC at the time of the incident. Military assets were moved into staging positions in response to this incident. GEN Ham was in temporary command due to the relief of his predecessor, and his rotation out of command is to restore the normal rotation of officers at this level. Please stop posting these wild and unsubstantiated rumors.
anonymous Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 4:45 PM
I hear you, and while that is one option...they would have just rotated Rodriguez in from jump street. Remember when they relieved McCrystal? They put Petraeus right in and left him there until he was nominated for the way that kept him from running for president. I admit it's all speculation, but remember this: Ham being in DC does not keep him away from his communications with his HQ. And, gives him immediate access to his boss. Technically speaking, he works directly for the President with communications through the SECDEF.
Bigdogoffthechain Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 4:51 PM
GEN Rodriguez was scheduled to take command in March. The movement of senior officers must be coordinated closely as not to leave vacancies. The actual relief of a senior commander is a different story; there are provisions for this GEN Petraeus expressed no interest in political office, and he was foolish to accept the CIA job. I am well aware that GEN Ham was in touch with his HQ. Technically speaking, GEN Ham answers directly to the Chairman, JCS.
anonymous Wrote: Nov 04, 2012 11:27 AM
Ok, here is the language in the Act, you can look it up...: The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, sponsored by Sen. Barry Goldwater and Rep. Bill Nichols, caused a major defense reorganization, the most significant since the National Security Act of 1947. Operational authority was centralized through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as opposed to the service chiefs.

The chairman was designated as the principal military advisor to the president, National Security Council and secretary of defense. The act established the position of vice-chairman and streamlined the operational chain of command from the president to the secretary of defense to the unified commanders.

Damning details about this national scandal continue to emerge, even as the administration hunkers down and tries to wait it out on a political timetable.  ABC News' Jake Tapper describes the succession of appalling revelations as a slow drip, but the stream is picking up.  Let's pick through what we've learned over the last 48 hours alone (if you're short on time, skip down to item number five, which is the biggest story of the bunch):

(1) As Katie reported yesterday, secret cables sent from US personnel in Libya to the State Department offered dire and specific...