President Obama needs to accept recommendations from the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding the social lives of their generals. Considering General Allen was seeking an assignment with NATO, a sensitive alliance considering Afghanistan and Pakistan, there needs to be conferencing with other nations within NATO regarding any concerns or complaints.
It may be General Allen allowed his social distractions too much attention. I hope the Joint Chiefs have some answers to this. I am confident General Dempsey has his opinions and whether or not Allen will stand up to scrutiny by Congress and Allies alike.
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
Published: November 13, 2012
...The Kelleys were known for their lavish parties, with extravagant buffets, flowing Champagne, valet parking and cigars for guests from nearby MacDill Air Force Base, including David H. Petraeus and Gen. John R. Allen, who now commands troops in Afghanistan. “Tampa is the kind of community where, if you’re new to the community, you can carve out your own niche,” said Pam Iorio, the city’s former mayor, who recalls mingling with Mr. Petraeus and his wife, Holly, at the Kelleys’ home. “They decided to carve out a niche with the military.”...