TheNation MONITORING Lt Gen John R. Allen may be a Marine, but he also showed Tuesday that he knows how to be a good soldier, telling the Senate Armed Services Committee that he supports Obamas plan to draw down forces in Afghanistan, Washington Post reported Monday. Allen, whom Obama has nominated to become commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said he wasnt involved in the deliberations over how many troops to pull out from Afghanistan. But he echoed other military commanders in saying that Obamas decision to withdraw troops was a bit more aggressive than we anticipated. Allen said Obamas timetable to wind down the war in Afghanistan sent a clear message to the govt of Karzai that it needs to assert itself and take more direct responsibility for fighting the Taliban. It sends a message of urgency to the Afghans that they must begin to take ownership of their security themselves, Allen said. Allens testimony came as the Senate panel considered a triple play of military nominations. In addition to Allens promotion to full general and the top commander in Afghanistan, the committee deliberated on the nomination of Vice Adm. William H. McRaven to become commander of the US Special Operations Command and Army Gen. James D. Thurman to become commander of US forces in Korea. Confirmation appeared to be a foregone conclusion in each case as effusive senators praised the patriotism and bravery of the nominees. The toughest questions for McRaven, the current head of the Joint Special Operations Command and the military official who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, concerned whether he thought hed have enough forces and support to keep pursuing insurgent leaders in Afghanistan. Allen had the more awkward task of persuading senators that he backed Obamas troop drawdown plan even though it was an open secret that the Pentagon wanted the commander in chief to keep more forces in Afghanistan for a longer duration.