Obama supports Gen. John Allen despite scandal probe
By Sayed Jawad - Wed Nov 14 2012, 11:08 am
President Obama stands by Gen. John Allen in spite of thousands of possibly inappropriate email exchanges, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Allen’s uncovered messages have placed his nomination for Supreme Allied Commander Europe on hold, prompting a Department of Defense investigation.
Obama gave a vote of confidence on Tuesday to General John Allen, commander of NATO and US troops in Afghanistan, who is under investigation for possible “inappropriate communication” with a woman who was not his wife.
“He has faith in General Allen,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying the president believed General Allen was doing a good job in Afghanistan.
“The president has great confidence in his military, great confidence in his commanders, and will continue to have that confidence,” Carney said.
Carney reiterated that Obama didn’t learn of the FBI probe of Petraeus’ affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell until the day after he won reelection.
On Friday, the day he accepted Petraeus’ resignation, Obama was hit with another stunning disclosure — that the Pentagon was investigating Allen for sending flirtatious and inappropriate emails to Jill Kelley, the Florida woman at the center of the Petraeus probe.
Petraeus resigned last week when it became clear that his affair with 40-year-old military reservist Paula Broadwell, who wrote a fawning biography of the general, would become public.
The 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails in question tied Allen to Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old who has served as a social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, where the U.S. Central Command is headquartered. Kelley’s complaints of harassment to the FBI earlier this year led the bureau to Broadwell, who reportedly was accusing Kelley of seeking romantic involvement with Petraeus.