Gen. John Allen cleared of wrongdoing in misconduct investigation

posted at 9:31 pm on January 22, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Because it will never get as much press as the original accusations against Gen. John Allen in the sordid speculation surrounding the Gen. David Petraeus affair, we’ll do our part by giving his exoneration its own post. If you’ll remember, when the FBI looked into the allegedly harassing e-mails Tampa Bay socialite Jill Kelley had been getting, they found the author was Petraeus’ mistress, Paula Broadwell, who was apparently threatened by Kelley’s attempts to ingratiate herself with top military brass. Then, Kelley’s e-mails led to another member of said brass, Gen. Allen, who was accused of writing “questionable” e-mails to Kelley. Sec. Leon Panetta, smarting from the Petraeus scandal, ordered an inquiry of the top commander in Afghanistan.

The findings:

The Pentagon’s inspector general has cleared the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan of wrongdoing following an investigation into whether he exchanged inappropriate e-mails with the same Tampa socialite involved in the scandal that prompted David H. Petraeus to resign as CIA director, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The FBI uncovered messages from Marine Gen. John R. Allen during its investigation of Petraeus last year. The tenor of some of the e-mails, which senior defense officials described as racy and flirtatious, prompted Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to order a formal inquiry.

In a letter sent to Allen on Friday, the inspector general wrote that Allen had not violated military prohibitions against conduct unbecoming an officer, according to the senior U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter on the record. “He was completely exonerated,” one of the officials said.

Panetta was informed that the investigation had exonerated Allen, according to Pentagon spokesman George Little. “The secretary has complete confidence in the continued leadership of General Allen, who is serving with distinction in Afghanistan,” Little said.

Even in November, there wasn’t much there there. Sources told reporters Allen’s e-mails to Kelley were largely routine, but the term “questionable” was vague enough and the Petraeus scandal lascivious enough that imaginations ran wild. After the inquiry started, Allen’s appointment to his next slot as supreme allied commander in Europe was put on hold. Let’s hope it gets unheld.

The verdict on the exchanges, judging from such evidence we have, seems to be that they were in PG territory, with no sexual relationship, and there were far fewer e-mails than initially suggested:

Although the messages have not been released, some military officials sympathetic to Allen questioned whether Panetta overreacted, placing a cloud over the general’s head at a critical juncture in the Afghan war. A senior defense official said Panetta referred the matter to the inspector general upon the recommendation of civilian and military attorneys…

Although initial reports described the volume of messages between Allen and Kelley as up to 30,000 printed pages, the two exchanged only a few hundred messages over a multi-year period, one of the U.S. officials said. “Some of the messages are not the sort of things you would print in a family newspaper,” the official said. “But that doesn’t mean he violated military regulations by sending and receiving them.”

Officials close to Allen have long insisted that he did not have a sexual relationship with Kelley. Allen’s partisans said that Kelley was a close friend to Allen and his wife, Kathy.

Many of the messages related to social events or to items Kelley had seen in the news, said a senior official close to Allen. Sometimes she wrote to compliment the general on a television interview, the official said, and sometimes she copied him on a message intended for his wife. “He returns almost every e-mail,” the official said soon after the investigation commenced. “To him, it’s a sign of politeness.”

The disclosure that Allen exchanged potentially inappropriate messages with Kelley prompted disbelief among many officers who worked with him. The 6-foot-tall, silver-haired Allen has the demeanor of an avuncular professor, not a hard-bitten Marine prone to flirting and carousing.

Best to Gen. Allen in his very important job in Afghanistan and in his career beyond it.


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Since Obama is about to fire USCENTCOM, he has to clear Gen Allen… can’t fire two x USMC generals in the same week…

Khun Joe on January 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

…what did you expect?

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

My Mom worked for an Admiral during WWII. This was before email of course. She hand to take notes of his conversations via phone. He would often have to remind the person on the other end of the phone to dail it back a bit as there was a Wave on the line with them. Is this similar to that?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

hand=had, iPad thingy.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter on the record. “He was completely exonerated,”

Although the messages have not been released

So it’s…”trust us!“?

sharrukin on January 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Slightly OT but wow, kudos to Sharyl Attkisson:

http://twitchy.com/2013/01/22/boom-cbs-sharyl-attkisson-tears-into-obama-admin-over-benghazigate/

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266156/Obama-inauguration-2013-Barack-Michelle-attend-inaugural-ball-Washington-Convention-Center.html?ICO=most_read_module

If you’d like to see the party at the White House to 3:30am and all the celebs…..

It’s a stunning display of leader worship and celebrity. He truly is our first Celebrity President.

PappyD61 on January 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I am not familiar with her. Will she be demoted or fired because of these questions?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

MeanWhile………….

US general charged with forced sex launches offensive, asks to have prosecutors in case removed – @Reuters

1 hour ago from in.reuters.com by editor
============================================

Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair was sent home from his post as a deputy commanding general in Afghanistan last year

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/01/23/usa-crime-army-idINDEE90M00M20130123

canopfor on January 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Although the messages have not been released, some military officials sympathetic to Allen questioned whether Panetta overreacted, placing a cloud over the general’s head at a critical juncture in the Afghan war.
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Hmmmmm……..I do wonder if Hopeys finger-prints are
on any of this!

canopfor on January 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

the damage has been done.

Anybody recall, in recent (like last 30 years) memory, about how so many generals and admirals have ended up in such hot water…..and so frequently???

Curious, ain’t it….

BTW, you’ve gotta read GEN McChrystal’s book. It’s really good.

ted c on January 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

She has been outfront along with the two reporters from Fox on Benghazi. Surprisingly, CBS has not muzzled her on the issue. I am sure she doesn’t have many water cooler friends over there though.

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

BTW, you’ve gotta read GEN McChrystal’s book. It’s really good.

ted c on January 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Sending cash to a gun grabber isn’t high on my priority list.

sharrukin on January 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Wish I knew more about Gen. Allen, as a general, and whether he’s a military or political type of commander, but am very happy he’s been exonerated of these scurrilous allegations. No one deserves the kind of treatment by the media he had to endure — before any facts were known.

It seems now that the only whores he knew sat in newsrooms or in front of cameras.

TXUS on January 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Good on her then.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

BTW, you’ve gotta read GEN McChrystal’s book. It’s really good.

ted c on January 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Good in what way ted c?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

She is the only MSM journalist who has been on the Benghazi story. She has been very good. Expect to see her lose her job any day now.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Officials close to Allen have long insisted that he did not have a sexual relationship with Kelley. Allen’s partisans said that Kelley was a close friend to Allen and his wife, Kathy

…how many emails were there again?…I believe it was 10 times more than I send my family in 10 years!…guess that’s normal?

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

This administration has no shortage of gall.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I just finished reading all her tweets. She certainly isn’t towing the CBS corporate line. Surprised to see that she hasn’t been fired or sent somewhere.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Why is it that under the Obama administration that so many military higher ups seem so sordid? Did W cover for them or did they actually think people expected something of them then. Maybe their social sphere has always been this silly and I was just unaware.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Would have been nice to see Romney show the same interest in pursuing this. Could have would have should have.

Anyway, end of thread hijack (sorry MKH), back to your normally scheduled programming.

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Good in what way ted c?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

he shows how he makes decisions and their consequences. He also shows how he treats people (very well), what he reads, and it is a gripping account of many operations–particularly the hunt for Abu Musab Zarqawi. He backhands Patton a bit, maybe Powell too for that matter (at least–gently).

ted c on January 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Well that’s a relief. Now can we please bring him (and all others like him) up on charges of gross criminal negligence for his a**-sucking of Muzzies and for getting hundreds of US service people butchered because of his careerist ambitions? Screw that piece of garbage.

WhatSlushfund on January 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Her name should be followed by (soon to join Fox News Network) if she doesn’t back down. Pretty rich for The Won to say that they won’t be answering any questions in the future, they haven’t in the past either. Every day the media appears worse than I could ever have imagine. And for what? I could maybe understand it if Obama had come in and turned the country around, instead we are worse off than four years ago. I don’t get it.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

ted c on January 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Unfortunately he is a gun control proponent.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM

ted c on January 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Interesting. Does he enlighten us as to why he is a gun gabbing leftist?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

DoD InspectorGeneral
@DoD_IG

DoD IG provides independent, relevant & timely oversight of @DeptofDefense that promotes accountability, integrity & efficiency.

Alexandria, Virginia · http://www.dodig.mil

http://www.dodig.mil/

canopfor on January 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

ted c on January 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Interesting. Does he enlighten us as to why he is a gun gabbing leftist?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

…JugEars is his CiC…career advancement?

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Interesting. Does he enlighten us as to why he is a gun gabbing leftist?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

not that I’m aware of.

ted c on January 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm….Speaking of the Pentagon,I do wonder if this is a Green Plan,saving Gia..crap….

The Associated Press ‏@AP

Pentagon plans to try scavenging defunct satellites for their valuable parts, recycling them into new ones: http://apne.ws/YlUBF3 – SM
=======

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/pentagon-researches-new-life-dead-satellites

canopfor on January 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM

not that I’m aware of.

ted c on January 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Perhaps he’s saving it for the next book.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Might be Kool, might be.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Has to be “I”.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

HA! Must?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Resist We Much on January 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Your wordcloud app must remove common words such as the, I, and.
Correct?

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM

So then…Anthony Weiner is Joint Chiefs material right?

bluesdoc70 on January 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Perhaps Gen. Allen passed the Obama test here. I guess General Mattis did not.

http://1800guntrader.com/article/obama-asks-military-leaders-if-they-will-fire-on-us-citizens/#.UP9WR_jLpzo.facebook

katy on January 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Yep, passed the Obama test.

rayra on January 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM

The Pentagon’s inspector general has cleared the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan of wrongdoing

This is worth about as much as the DOJ’s inspector general clearing a top commander in NY. Will they clear him of his ROE next?

the two exchanged only a few hundred messages over a multi-year period

“Only a few hundred” between a 4 star general and this Kelly person? Well I guess that’s a notch better than if it had been “only a few thousand” with Paris Hilton or Brittney Spears.

VorDaj on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

While he was Afcrapitsan commander, Allen basically excused our troops’ Afghan “Partners in Peace”, as he called/calls them, murdering them as Allen said the muslims were “stressed out” because of fasting during Ramadan, even though they typically gorge themselves after the sun goes down, until the sun comes up.

VorDaj on January 22, 2013 at 11:35 PM

The building formally known as the Pentagon has become a G-d damned mega mosque whore house of servicing Muslims. The Perfumed Pimps there masquerading as Generals have no regard for America and it’s Constitution or their own troops and they are all out sons-of-#itches, traitors, and chronic dhimmis!

VorDaj on January 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Interesting. Does he enlighten us as to why he is a gun gabbing leftist?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

If/when he gets the order to round you up and put you in a Dear Leader Reeducation Camp, he doesn’t want you firing back at his remaining loyal troops as just maybe there might not be so many of them.

VorDaj on January 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM

So then…Anthony Weiner is Joint Chiefs material right?

bluesdoc70 on January 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM

No because, even in this era of political generals, sending pictures of your private areas to young girls you’ve never met would be considered conduct unbecoming an officer. Not to mention creepy.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2013 at 7:37 AM

What do we make these ‘generals’ to do?

Write emails to vixens? Must be…

Redford on January 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Who cares? Any general left standing after the nauguration will be nothing more than a compliant sock puppet for Obama and his regime.

rplat on January 23, 2013 at 8:54 AM

The administration is leaving no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of THIS non-issue.

Meanwhile, Gunwalker and the Benghazi massacre are safely sitting on the back shelf and collecting dust.

Mission accomplished.

logis on January 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Night of the long knives. The rebuilding of a sharia compliant military leadership.

tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

General Allen is a “ring knocker” from the Naval academy. General Mattis comes from one of the many small universities within our country and was raised in a rural area of eastern Washington state. I’ll take Mattis any day.

MoreLiberty on January 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

2009 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jim Garrow shockingly claims he was told by a top military veteran that the Obama administration’s “litmus test” for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens.

Well Sherman and Grant certainly did….do you have a point to this?

I assume you had no problem with the Ca. NG firing on US citizens during the Rodney King Riots.

JFKY on January 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

the Obama administration’s “litmus test” for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens.

Well Sherman and Grant certainly did….

do you have a point to this?

JFKY on January 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

The neo-hippy answered his own question.

OK, that HAD to be an accident, right?

logis on January 24, 2013 at 5:59 AM