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  • The Last Field Commander

    04/23/2012 6:23:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 23, 2012 | Bing West
    Helmand Province, Afghanistan — In late August 2011, General John R. Allen visited a base built atop the ruins of a 19th-century British fort here. Allen, an avid historian, grasped the irony of the setting. Over the previous 150 years, two British armies and one Russian army had left Afghanistan in frustration. Now Allen was in command of the fourth army to leave. He is the last NATO field commander, charged with extracting 140,000 international troops from combat while fighting a war with an uncertain outcome against an enemy with a certain sanctuary in next-door Pakistan.By this year’s end,...
  • Low-key Marine, Gen. John R. Allen, to take over Afghan war at high-stakes time

    06/14/2011 7:37:39 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | Tuesday, June 14, 5:33 PM | Craig Whitlock
    Of all the members of President Obamas new national security team, Lt. Gen. John R. Allen, tapped as the fourth commander in two years to run the war in Afghanistan, may have the toughest assignment. In the coming days, Obama is expected to make a key strategic decision about how many troops the United States can afford to withdraw from Afghanistan without giving ground to the Taliban. To execute that high-stakes plan, hell turn to Allen, 57, a low-profile Marine with no Afghan fighting experience but with a reputation as a military turnaround specialist. Unlike the household name he is...