Re:is there someone in between them that can give orders directly to cia operatives to stand down?
Carter F. Ham (born February 16, 1952) is a United States Army general, who serves as the second and current Commander, U.S. Africa Command. In that position, he has been in command of the initial 2011 military intervention in Libya.
There are rumors he said nuts to standing down, and was immediately relieved of duty...I don't know. Too many damn rumors... we don't have a viable press so that's all we get.
Obama Nominates New Chief for U.S. Africa Command
Posted October 19th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-4)
President Barack Obama has nominated a new chief for the U.S. military's Africa Command.
Army General David Rodriguez is being tapped for the post to replace Army General Carter Ham. Ham has led the command, known as AFRICOM, since March of last year.
The U.S. Senate must confirm the nomination.
Rodriguez previously led the Joint Command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
AFRICOM oversees U.S. military engagements on the African continent except for Egypt. Under General Ham's command, it has been involved with counter-terrorism efforts in Somalia and the NATO campaign to help rebels who toppled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
The Washington Post recently reported the Obama administration is considering military strikes against al-Qaida militants in North Africa. It said General Ham has made stops in Mauritania, Algeria and other countries that could become part of a peacekeeping force for troubled Mali.