Ham emphatically told him they were ready to respond, Chaffetz said. "Asked why he did not send in some of those assets," Chaffetz said, "the general said he was not requested to do so." Chaffetz concluded that someone who outranked the four-star general made that decision.
Obviously, the Chaffetz account directly contradicts Panetta's statements as to whether Ham endorsed the decision to stand down. Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton told Greta Van Sustern on Fox News that "Gen. Ham has now been characterized in two obviously conflicting ways," and "Somebody ought to find out what he actually was saying on Sept. 11th."
Eric Schulzke writes on national politics for the Deseret News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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