June 29th, 2010
09:59 AM ET
13 years ago

What to expect from Petraeus' confirmation hearings

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/29/art.petraeus.gi.jpg caption="Gen. David Petraeus is on Capitol Hill Tuesday facing confirmation hearings."]Washington (CNN) - The planned withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2011, along with with concerns over the progress of the counterinsurgency plan in a country described as a place "where empires go to die," will be front and center at Gen. David Petraeus' confirmation hearings Tuesday.

Petraeus was tapped by President Obama to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was relieved of his duties last week after the general and his staff were quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine article criticizing and mocking key administration officials.

But it's not just those comments that are making news - it's also conditions on the ground in Afghanistan.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • David Petraeus • Stanley McChrystal
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I wish we never took our eye off of Afghanistan in the first place. Thanks GWB. Just one more thing this President has to clean up. The Karzai government is corrupt and won't be able to secure the entire nation. Once the U.S. leaves, Al-Queda will go right back into Afghanistan. It's a lose-lose situation either way you put it.

    June 29, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    This is a pretty big waste of time, considering that if Obama has the authority to fire someone, that he should also have the authority to replace the person he fired.

    Just another example of the stupidity in Washington.

    June 29, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Angus McDugan

    LOL. Amazing how it becomes a brilliant decision when Obama adopts an idea from Bush.

    June 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gen. Petraeus has much work to do and I hope people like John McCain don't waste his time as the Republicans waste the American peoples time. Republicans are big CEOs who show up in Washington in their $1000 suits, shoes, ties and manicured nails, vote NO, collect a paycheck, then go wine and dine themselves. Republicans will vote YES to Gen Petraeus' confirmation but will vote NO to the American people.

    June 29, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |