Senate Confirms Petraeus to Oversee War in Afghanistan

Posted June 30, 2010 at 11:32am

The Senate confirmed Gen. David Petraeus on Wednesday as the top military commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, delivering overwhelming bipartisan support to President Barack Obama’s choice to succeed Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

The Senate voted to confirm Petraeus, 99-0, exactly one week after Obama effectively relieved McChrystal of command for making critical comments published in a Rolling Stone magazine article about the administration’s leadership of the war in Afghanistan.

Petraeus was reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday on a unanimous voice vote. His fast and bipartisan confirmation by the full Senate had been expected since his nomination.