But the aide noted that such a voluminous amount of correspondence between an unpaid social liaison and the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan did not look good.
Allen oversaw the lionís share of the presidentís surge of about 33,000 troops into Afghanistan, which was drawn down this past summer. He was expected to make recommendations to the president in the coming month regarding the next fighting season, as well as his recommendations for the pace of drawdown leading to most combat forces leaving Afghanistan sometime in 2014. The U.S. military already has begun extensive preparations for the enormous undertaking, and it was widely expected that many lawmakers would press the president for a more accelerated withdrawal. Polls show the Afghanistan War is increasingly unpopular.
Dunford is expected to take over the war strategy by February.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.