Gen. Allen retires rather than press on with nomination
February 19th, 2013
01:05 PM ET

Gen. Allen retires rather than press on with nomination

Gen. John Allen informed the president he will retire rather than move forward with the nomination to become the supreme allied commander of NATO, the White House announced Tuesday.   The president accepted the resignation, according to a statement from the president (see below).

Allen was the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan for nearly two years. But he was caught up in a scandal over embarrassing e-mails with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley that came to the public's attention during the same investigation that brought down former CIA Director David Petraeus.  After several months, Allen was cleared of wrongdoing, and the White House initially indicated that President Barack Obama would proceed with the nomination.

Allen informed some of his staff he was considering the retirement, CNN's Chris Lawrence reported last week.

Here's the president's statement:

Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family. I told General Allen that he has my deep, personal appreciation for his extraordinary service over the last 19 months in Afghanistan, as well as his decades of service in the United States Marine Corps.  General Allen presided over the significant growth in the size and capability of Afghan National Security Forces, the further degradation of al Qaeda and their extremist allies, and the ongoing transition to Afghan security responsibility across the country. He worked tirelessly to strengthen our coalition through his leadership of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and to improve our relations with the Afghan government. Above all, he cares deeply for the men and women in uniform who serve our nation – as well as their families – and I am grateful for the sacrifices made by his family in supporting him during his service. John Allen is one of America's finest military leaders, a true patriot, and a man I have come to respect greatly. I wish him and his family the very best as they begin this new chapter, and we will carry forward the extraordinary work that General Allen led in Afghanistan.

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    Is his only expression a frown?

    February 20, 2013 at 10:10 am | Reply
  4. helenecha

    Not all people have their own driver. Not all vehicles can be used to carry with people. Gen. Allen is great. Good for him!

    February 20, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  5. Chesty P.

    Bruce is that you?

    February 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  6. Name*penguin

    Never send anything that might seem inappropriate by email. Never send a private communication by email. Phones have to be tapped contemporaneously with the communication. Emails are permanent and can be found long after they are sent.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  7. Chesty P.

    Girls 2 Men 0. Got another one. Keep it in the pants boys and don't flirt if you are married!

    February 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • jeff

      I find it disgusting that you use the name of the most decorated Marine in History, Chesty Puller, to make disparaging remarks about another serviceman. Its little twerps like you that me me wonder why I or anyone else serves this country. You aint worth protecting. But I would like to take you behind the barracks and throw hands.

      February 20, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
      • What

        Sad, isn't it.

        Must be a Fonda.

        February 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

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