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General John Allen Salutes…His Wife

Marine General John Allen – caught up and cleared in the email scandal that brought down CIA director David Petraeus – told President Obama on Tuesday he would...

Allen Wrenched

The nomination of the US commander of the war in Afghanistan to command NATO and US European Command perhaps the Pentagon's most prestigious overseas...

General Allen Takes the Hill

Despite a rash of recent bad news – culminating last week with the apparent slaughter of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier – the architect of the campaign...

Vetting the 34,000

With General John Allen’s announcement Tuesday that he is hanging up his Marine uniform after 35 years, there’s a dwindling number of senior U.S. officials who...

Who Do You Think Is Right?

There are growing doubts about the chances for the U.S.-initiated war in Afghanistan to succeed. Rarely are opposing views crystallized as sharply as they were...

Night Raids’ Pact Struck

Time’s John Wendle files from Kabul” Night raid. The phrase bears with it images of both daring and terror — from a SEAL team taking down Osama bin Laden to a...

General Disorder #1, General Disorder #2, &c.

When Marine General Anthony Zinni became chief of U.S. Central Command in 1997, he was stunned to find a Navy commander working for him dedicated to keeping...

The Tragedy of General John Allen

Danny Klaidman of the now all-digital Newsweek says that’s what it is. The Marine four-star general, after getting good marks for his stewardship in...

Truth: A Firing Offense

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan fired the No. 2 U.S. trainer of Afghan security forces Friday for "inappropriate public comments" about Afghan President...

Goldilocking the “Insider Threat”

Make no mistake about it: when Afghan “insiders” turn their weapons on their U.S. and coalition allies and kill them, most either escape or are killed in the...

Stormin’ Norman, 1934-2012

For those who came of age during World War II, or post-9/11, the death Thursday of retired Army general H. Norman Schwarzkopf may not be of great moment. But for...

Afghan Endgame

No longer any point in pretending. The U.S. is in such a rush to pull out of Afghanistan, it is risking the sacrifice of 2,086 U.S. troops and more than a...

The Cost of a Post-2014 U.S. Force

Thursday’s New York Times reports that the outgoing International Security Assistance Force commander, U.S. Marine General John Allen, has submitted three...

2,000

As the fog of war in Afghanistan clouded the death of the 2,000th U.S. troop there in the 11-year war, things seem to be reaching a tipping point. George Will,...

1,000 Words

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan issued a statement Thursday detailing the steps now being taken to curb so-called insider attacks that have killed 45...

Afghanistan: A Bleak Report from the Front

Marine General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was here in Washington two weeks ago saying the U.S. and the Afghan government are making...