President Obama’s hand-picked ISIS war czar once called the terrorist group a “clear and present danger to the U.S.”
The White House will soon face the fierce Islamic fighters without his advice.
Retired Gen. John Allen is calling it quits in the Obama administration after only one year on the job, officials told Bloomberg News Tuesday. An official announcement is expected within weeks.
News of Allen’s departure adds to a string of embarrassing news items for the White House.
Last week Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Central Command, told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee only “four or five” anti-ISIS Syrian troops remain from a $500 million U.S. program, WND reported Sept. 16.
Central Command is also under investigation after allegations it massaged intelligence reports to make U.S. progress against ISIS seem better than reality on the ground in Iraq and Syria.
“John Allen has put his heart and soul into trying to make the president’s strategy work,” said Derek Harvey, a former senior U.S. military intelligence official who worked with Allen at U.S. Central Command, Bloomberg reported.
“I have sympathy for the hard task he was given because I do not believe the president’s team was fully on board and he was never empowered to bring the leadership necessary to achieve the mission.”
Allen originally said he would advise the White House for six months, but was convinced to stay longer by Secretary of State John Kerry. His departure will complicate matters for incoming Marine Corps Commandant, Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, who has said the battle against ISIS is at a “stalemate,” Bloomberg reported.
The general was able to convince Turkey to allow the U.S. to use Incirlik Air Base during his time leading the U.S. war effort against ISIS. Regardless, more than a year of U.S. airstrikes have not accomplished the Obama administration’s goal to “degrade and destroy” the Sunni radical terrorist group.
“We are not where we should be at this point,” David Petraeus, the former general and Central Intelligence Agency director, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported.
Allen’s responsibilities will likely fall on his deputy, Ambassador Brett McGurk, until Obama can find a replacement.