Theodore's World: US General David Petraeus Collapses at Senate Hearing on Afghanistan

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June 16, 2010

US General David Petraeus Collapses at Senate Hearing on Afghanistan

He was in the midst of being questioned by John McCain, who was telling him he was an American hero.


U.S. General David Petraeus, who briefly collapsed during a Senate hearing on the war in Afghanistan Tuesday morning, is alert and doing well, according to reports.

Petraeus, 57, had finished telling Sen. John McCain that he believes the planned 2011 drawdown of U.S. troops remains on track, and McCain was responding when the room fell silent and aides began crowding around the four-star general.

Petraeus, who oversees the war in Iraq and Afghanistan as head of U.S. Central Command, briefly put his head on the table, then rose, appearing dazed. He stood under his own power and was escorted from the room.

Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman, suspended the hearing until Wednesday out of concern for Petraeus' health.

Petraeus himself returned to the room briefly and told the senators he "was feeling a little bit light-headed there."
"It wasn't Sen. McCain's question," the general added.

"I just got dehydrated," Petraeus said.

In his lengthy appearances before the Senate and House armed services committees in September 2007 to testify on Iraq, he was reported to have endured great back pain and got through it with the help of Motrin.

Petraeus is the commander of U.S. Central Command. He was testifying on the war in Afghanistan.

As the most popular and widely known general of his generation, Petraeus is approaching a new juncture in a career that catapulted him to fame when President George W. Bush sent him to Baghdad in early 2007 to carry out a long-shot "surge" strategy that arguably rescued Iraq from collapse.

The general has had a high-profile career, and many believe he is the leading candidate to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He commanded all forces in Iraq under President George W. Bush.

Wild Thing's comment........

Prayers for General Petraeus !!! I really hope he’s OK! I cannot imagine the amount of flight time and time zones this guy has accrued over the past few years, not to mention a lifetime.Plus everythign else he has done and still does.

This true hero testifying answering questions by those progressives would make anyone sick!!

Posted by Wild Thing at June 16, 2010 05:45 AM


Posted by: Anon at June 16, 2010 05:29 PM

I talked with an Army guy today that actually knows him and served with him. He said the man literally goes non-stop and is hard to keep up with. He said it just amazes him that Petraeus has the energy he does.

Posted by: BobF at June 16, 2010 08:38 PM

That is the second thing to go with age, energy, the first...I forgot.

Posted by: Mark at June 16, 2010 09:29 PM