June 23rd, 2010
02:32 PM ET
13 years ago

Levin hopes for Petraeus hearings as early as next week


President Obama has tapped Gen. David Petraeus to command the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, told CNN Wednesday that he hopes to hold confirmation hearings for Gen. David Petraeus as early as next week.

President Barack Obama's decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Petraeus was "reasonable," Levin said.

Related: McChrystal relieved of command, Petraeus chosen to take over

Filed under: Afghanistan • Carl Levin • David Petraeus • Senate
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. gt

    carl levin... what a joke.. just get our soldiers home form this death trap that will never ever be worth one american troops life...

    June 23, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. dale

    Levin is already on the choppi g block. Thanks to BO and team America is "again" less safe. Because of a man having an opinion. BO is a sissy and some world power will soon challenge him at our expense.

    June 23, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Obamadable Snowman

    Did he resign, or is Bams just trying to look like an angry tough guy. Emphasis on the "look"!!!!

    June 23, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    President Obama did the right thing in accepting McChrystal's resignation.

    For those who are praising McChrystal as a "hero" you need to read UCMJ Article 88, and see how the "hero" broke an oath he took. Frankly, the man is an egomaniac.

    And for those who will blame Obama for replacing McChrystal, here is information for you about how George W. Bush handled generals who disagreed with him:

    Gen. John Abizaid, was replaced by Bush because Abizaid publicly expressed his doubts about the Bush Surge in Iraq.

    Gen. George Casey, was replaced by Bush because Casey also expressed his doubts about the Bush Surge in Iraq.

    Admiral William Fallon, was retired by Bush because the admiral said in Esquire Magazine that the U.S. should not attack Iran.

    So, you see, even a Republican president has replaced (fired) generals!

    June 23, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    This should be fun. I'm 100% certain we'll get to watch the GOP prove that they see this as an opportunity to turn the confirmation hearings into a massive campaign to question Obama's authority and his planning of the current Afghanistan strategy and, most probably, to delay and create risk of worsening failure that they can then blame on Obama. Aaaah, but who will lead their charge? Beaker? Boehner? Probably not. My guess is that it will be some not-so-high-profiile GOPer who pulls the shortest straw and is tasked with risking public ire for blabbering potentially infuriating talking points and fear mongering and putting party and politics above national security while yammering about national security.

    June 23, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    3 strikes you're out...this was not the first time for McChrystal–but the last, rightly so. General Petraeus is a much better choice for our mission.

    June 23, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. jbb

    McCrysta had to go and the Presidents choice to replace him is a good one. Obama is the Commander-in-Chief and for McCrystal to disrespect him like he did in a major magazine was a huge mistake.

    Why he would say the things he did is beyond me and he would be the first to demote someone who did the same to him and he fired one of his aides for letting it be made public so he knew he was wrong.

    Way to go President Obama your in charge and should not be disrespected.

    June 23, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'd be VERY VERY interested to see if the RethugliKKKlans will DARE hold up the confirmation hearings for Petraeus.

    Let's see how far gone these loons really are, or if theirs is just a case of CONVENIENT LUNACY!!!

    Come on Rethugs, say it with me: Block and Hold! Block and Hold!

    June 23, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    Wasn't McChrystal the sleazy Gen who conspired with Rummy to deceive the Tilman family and the US for months about their sons death in Afganistan being fratricide?
    Weren't McChrystal and Rummy responsible for the outrageous lie to use Tilman's death as a PR scheme to promote the cause for the war.

    June 23, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. gt

    becareful he was bushes general,,,,and you wont be able to blame bush for what happens next

    June 23, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Matt

    Remember the libs yelling, "General Betray Us"? Now the Bush isn't in office, I'm sure they've all forgotten that we are at war, still.

    Both McChrystal and Petraeus are great generals. Hopefully Petraeus gets more support from Obama than McChrystal did. I keep reading the articles about McChrystal's comments. Inappropriate? Maybe. True? Probably. Dangerous? No.

    June 23, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Nunya

    Why are there hearings?

    June 23, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Kayla Birdsong

    Obama, you should give Gen Petraeus his 5th star. You have abused him again and again (remember Gen Betrayus that you would not defend?).

    June 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Naqib

    Don't due it....

    You won't get the support you need like you did in Iraq... and they will turn on you when it fails!

    June 23, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    I wonder if the republicans will be up to their old tricks by not confirming this guy. They have been against everything so far.

    June 23, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Dominican Mama 4 Obama2

    Liberals hated "General Betray Us" 3 years ago. Funny how coverage of the war changed when Obama became president. Even libs are pacified towards a expanding war effort.

    Personally, I think General Petraeus is a great choice.

    June 23, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. nini

    The same man you lectured Mr. President is the one you need NOW.

    Karma is a goooooood thing.

    June 23, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Ron in California.

    The politics are killing the war effort. General McChrystal resigns and the President apppoints Geneal Petraeus and Congress has to hold a confirmation hearing?? I thought the President was Commander in Chief?? Give me a beak.

    June 23, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. oy vey az

    Hey if they can't find anyone to successfully lead the war, can we just call it off and all go home?

    June 23, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |