Petraeus, Odierno to be Confirmed

Posted July 10, 2008 at 10:31am

The top commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, is set to be confirmed as the chief officer for the Middle East by the Senate today. The vote is set to take place about 2 p.m.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has maintained that Democrats will not stand in the way of the Petraeus nomination as head of the U.S. Central Command.

“Gen. Petraeus will bring a large amount of experience and leadership to the position,” Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) on the Senate floor this morning.

There will also be a second vote on Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to replace Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Iraq. Odierno, too, is likely to be confirmed.