October 18th, 2012
04:36 PM ET

Changing of guard for Africa command

By Joe Sterling

President Barack Obama will nominate a new leader for the Pentagon command in charge of Africa.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday the president is picking Gen. David Rodriguez to replace Gen. Carter Ham as head of the U.S. Africa Command.

Rodriguez is the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, responsible for the training, equipping and oversight of active duty, National Guard and reserve soldiers.

The choice comes during a turbulent time across the continent. Political turmoil rages in Libya, fighting continues to engulf the fractious state of Somalia, a militant presence has emerged in Mali, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has made its presence known in northern Africa, and sectarian strife plagues Nigeria.

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  1. Supporter of Gen. Ham

    The story I heard is that Gen. Ham wanted to send in a team to rescue Ambassador Stevens, and disobey the stand down order. He has been relieved of his job and forced to retire. While CNN ignores the story on Benghazi, bigger than watergate.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  2. RQ

    It's a great time to be at war with everyone.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:56 am | Reply
  3. Stanley McChrystal

    Kip Ward was a quota hire affirmative action azz monkey. Think that's harsh? Check out his Inspector General report, posted online, reflecting his travel with his wife on military air from Stuttgart to NYC to see a broadway show with his wife using tickets a prohibited source gave him. Oh, he went to Bermuda en route, "For the crew." He ran AFRICOM for about six years. Look how dorked up that area of responsibility is now. How different could Arab Spring have turned out if a competent officer was running things. End affirmative action now!

    October 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  4. F Dar

    Various US 'agencies' have been active in most of Africa in recent decades.It intrvenes via local corrupt dictatorial rulers working as 'collaborators'. Natural resources are looted by Western Corporations. Meanwhile ,generations of Africans suffered poverty & social misery. The present younger generations can't take it any more & therefore seem to have decided to get some fair-play social justice. So,USA labels them 'terrorists' & sends in Africa Command & boots-on-the -ground. Africans will liberate themselves & ensure that the natural resources of Africa benefits them first! That is 'democracy' .

    October 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply

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