If you follow right wing news sites (fringy news sites) then the name of General Carter Ham constantly comes up as part of the belief that the Obama administration has been conducting a purge of leaders.
Check this 2013 article out from The Blaze.
Nine senior commanding generals have been fired by the Obama administration this year, leading to speculation by active and retired members of the military that a purge of its commanders is underway.Now we get this from the Select Comittee Report (at the 2:12 mark)
Retired generals and current senior commanders that have spoken with TheBlaze say the administration is not only purging the military of commanders they don’t agree with, but is striking fear in the hearts of those still serving.
The timing comes as the five branches of the U.S. armed forces are reducing staff due to budget cuts, and as U.S. troops are expected to withdraw from Afghanistan next year.
“I think they’re using the opportunity of the shrinkage of the military to get rid of people that don’t agree with them or not tow the party line. Remember, as (former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel said, never waste a crisis,” a senior retired general told TheBlaze on the condition of anonymity because he still provide services to the government and fears possible retribution.
Don't get me wrong.
I'm still not a fan of Obama's policies and still think that they've been bad for the nation.
But I WILL NOT blame him for firing a general that disobeyed orders and possibly contributed to men dying in the field.
If the Report is true then Ham should have been brought up on charges, reduced in rank and dishonorably discharged from the military. Oh and for those that want to give the inevitable push-back, the "fog of war" doesn't apply in this situation. ANY COMMANDER WORTH HIS SALT would push forces forward even if the situation wasn't clear. You can always recall them, but there was no need for him to over ride the instructions from the Commander in Chief and the SecDef.
What I don't get is why the entire DoD lined up behind the lies? There was no need to use this incident as an excuse to stand-up SPMAGTF-CRs? I disagree with the concept but it was too easy for anyone to see that forces were available so it was a pathetic lie by HQMC. Why the national security establishment for the President would push lies about forces being unavailable is also mysterious. Why not simply tell the truth? The Administration made a mountain out of a mole hill because they didn't give the public the real info.