Petraeus confirmed by Senate as new CIA director
June 30th, 2011
02:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Petraeus confirmed by Senate as new CIA director

Washington (CNN) - Gen. David Petraeus won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to succeed Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The 58-year-old commanding general of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has said he will retire from the military before assuming his new post later this year.

Petraeus received strong support at his confirmation hearing by the Senate Intelligence Committee. He told the panel he would lead the nation's largest intelligence agency fully independent of his ties to the military.

Panetta is succeeding Robert Gates as defense secretary starting Friday.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Frankly, I think they picked Petraeus to lead the CIA to keep him from talking openly about Obama's brewing disaster in Afghanistan. Otherwise, this move makes little sense.

    June 30, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    At least the Senate can agree on something.

    June 30, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Was mccain still asking what he thought the future would be and Petreaus told him he couldn't answer because he doesn't know what will happen in the future? If only mccain had known better about his girl (according to the mean queen in MN) and what a bunch of trailer trash they are.

    June 30, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Now let us see if he can do the job.

    June 30, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Seeing how Patraeus rose into the national spotlight under Bush and was so highly praised by Republicans, like many other Bush43 appointments he was retained so that Republicans would be disinclined to filibuster such a high profile slot.

    Very few headlines have been written about the fact that we saw more filibusters during Obama's first two years in office. The Senate saw more filibusters during those two years than the previous forty combined.

    June 30, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |