On the Radar
Gen. John Allen recently retired from the military following his post as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, but the memories of the 561 troops who died under his command - and the many thousands who were wounded - have not retired from his mind.
“I think about them every day; I think about them at night,” Allen told On the Radar. “And there's a moment of reflection about those 561 empty chairs around dinner tables.”
He described the war in Afghanistan as “a conflict of sacrifice” and said his focus now is to make sure the country doesn’t forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“That's a generational loss because the family will be different, the children will be different,” he said. “That's why this war is so important for America … because every one of those losses has to mean something.”
During his time as a commander in Afghanistan, Allen attended scores of memorial services, sometimes as often as three times a week. But he saidRead More »from 561 empty chairs: Ret. Gen. John Allen on the sacrifices of the Afghanistan war