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White House: President Has Faith in Allen as Afghan Commander

General John Allen (2012 file photo)
General John Allen (2012 file photo)
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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says President Barack Obama has faith in General John Allen to continue as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, while he is investigated for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman involved in the scandal that led Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus to resign.

The spokesman says Obama thinks very highly of General Allen and his service to the country. 
 
General John Allen
  • Appointed Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in 2011
  • Deputy commander of U.S. Central Command from 2008 to 2011
  • Served as a deputy commanding general of multinational force in Iraq from 2006 to 2008
  • Graduated from Naval Academy in 1976
Earlier, the president put his nomination of General Allen as NATO's supreme commander on hold, pending the Defense Department investigation. Obama made the nomination a month before Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair.

The allegations against General Allen involve his correspondence with Jill Kelley, who has been described as a Petraeus family friend.  It was her complaint to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about threatening emails from the woman with whom Petraeus had the affair, biographer Paula Broadwell, that eventually led to the CIA chief's resignation.

A senior defense official says the FBI is examining 20,000 to 30,000 pages of communications involving General Allen and Kelley - mostly emails sent between 2010 and 2012.

A Pentagon spokesman, George Little, said the FBI brought the matter involving General Allen to the Defense Department on Sunday and Panetta directed the Pentagon's inspector-general to investigate.

General Allen has denied wrongdoing and will retain his command position in Afghanistan during the probe.

David Petraeus
  • Resigned from CIA on November 9, 2012
  • Senate confirmed him as CIA director in 2011
  • Appointed head of U.S. Central Command in 2008, oversaw military operations in Afghanistan
  • Commanded U.S. troops in Iraq in 2007
  • Commanded 101st Airborne Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq
  • Graduated from West Point in 1974
The U.S. defense official who discussed the case would not specify the nature of the documents, but said there is a "distinct possibility" the matter is connected to the Petraeus investigation. He said he did not know whether Petraeus was mentioned in the emails between General Allen and Kelley.

The official also would not say whether the investigation is criminal, but said the situation prompted enough concern that the Pentagon believed it was prudent to order an investigation and notify Congress.

A senior defense official says the FBI uncovered 20,000 to 30,000 pages of communications involving General Allen and Kelley - mostly emails sent between 2010 and 2012.

A Pentagon spokesman, George Little, said the FBI brought the matter involving General Allen to the Defense Department on Sunday and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta directed the Pentagon's inspector-general to investigate.

General Allen has denied wrongdoing and will retain his command position in Afghanistan during the probe.

The U.S. defense official who discussed the case would not specify the nature of the documents, but said there is a "distinct possibility" the matter is connected to the Petraeus investigation.  He said he did not know whether Petraeus was mentioned in the emails between General Allen and Kelley.

The official also would not say whether the investigation is criminal, but said the situation prompted enough concern that the Pentagon believed it was prudent to order an investigation and notify Congress.

President Obama had previously nominated the U.S. Marine Corps' second-in-command, General Joseph Dunford, to replace General Allen in Afghanistan.  The Pentagon says Panetta would like General Dunford confirmed as quickly as possible, regardless of the new investigation.  

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by: Sam Browne
November 13, 2012 11:45 AM
All these issues should be dealt with internally through the Military and not through the public domain. Put America first is critical here. Anyone listening out there?

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