President Obama Fired Navy Admiral for Responding to Attack-Fiction!

President Obama Fired Navy Admiral for Responding to Attack-Fiction!

President Obama Fired Navy Admiral for Responding to Attack-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email that said that Rear Admiral Charles Gaoutte was fired by President Obama for disobeying stand down orders and launching forces during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Lybia.

The Truth:

Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaoutte, the commander of the USS John C. Stennis strike group, was not fired by President Obama.  He was replaced and temporarily assigned to duty in Bremerton, Washington during an investigation prompted by allegations of inappropriate leadership judgment.   This according to an October 27, 2012 article by ABC News.

The eRumor also said that General Carter Ham, head of Africom, was relieved of command for also disobeying a stand down order and launching forces.   That is also fiction and we have findings posted.  Click for findings.

updated 11/2/12