June 15th, 2010
10:34 AM ET
13 years ago

Petraeus faints in Senate hearing

Washington (CNN) - The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan was escorted from a congressional hearing room after apparently choking during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday.

Sen. Carl Levin, the committee's chairman, said Gen. David Petraeus "appears to be doing very well" after the incident, but withheld a decision on whether the hearing would go on.

"He's eating," Levin said. "He probably didn't have enough water to drink coming in here this morning."

Petraeus is the head of U.S. Central Command, which oversees the conduct of the U.S. wars in the Middle East and central Asia.

Filed under: Carl Levin • David Petraeus
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Adalbert

    This guy is under a lot of pressure from all sides. He is human. He can only take so much. We should just get out this ME mess.

    June 15, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. GI Joe

    He was in the midst of listening to one of McSongbird's rambling speeches - enough to make anyone choke.

    June 15, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Slick William

    I'd have indigestion too with the load that poor guy is carrying! Keep up the good work and get us the hell out of there~!

    June 15, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. mj

    The point of this is exactly "what"? Give the man some water. Get rid of this stupid waste of space article.

    June 15, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    He must have had his knees locked, bend your knees Petraeus.

    June 15, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |