All Hicks has to do is give written permission for the State Department to release his personnel records to the press, and they can see for themselves whether he was "demoted", or is still at the same rank and pay as he was before. Simple, really. One wonders why he wouldn't do that.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Those who were informed were well aware that when Obama took the oath of POTUS (twice) that Al Qaeda base of operations were confined to two parts of the world, Yemen and the Horn of Africa and a presence in Northern Pakistan.
In less than four years of Obama's first term in the White House we find out that Al Qaeda was running all over the Middle East and North Africa expanding their base of operations. I won't even touch on how much the Muslim Brotherhood has gained power during the Obama administration.