Gen. Allen retires, passes on NATO nomination
February 19th, 2013
03:10 PM ET

Gen. Allen retires, passes on NATO nomination

The Marines general who was in line to become NATO's supreme allied commander is retiring instead.

President Barack Obama announced the retirement of U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the former leader of coalition forces in Afghanistan, on Tuesday.

"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," Obama said in a statement.

Allen 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 into an extra-marital affair that brought down former CIA Director David Petraeus. Allen was cleared of wrongdoing, and the White House initially indicated that Obama would proceed with the nomination for the supreme commander spot.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    By the time Obama leaves office, we will be almost out of Generals.

    February 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I suppose the Generals should probably watch where they're aiming their private missiles.

      February 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Max Headroom Intrusion, 1987

    I was getting tired of his scowling face, anyway.

    February 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And then you woke up.
      The correct use of the reply button still eluding you, I see.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mobsarebad

    More time for e-mails.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. candi

    and please let it be with someone who has a heart and has good skills

    February 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    I nominate the General from the General Insurance commercials.

    February 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |