The Senate Armed Services Committee plans to hold a confirmation hearing for Gen. David Petraeus next Tuesday so he can take the reins of allied forces in Afghanistan.
The announcement comes one day after President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaMSNBC's Maddow most-watched among younger viewers for 3rd-straight week Overnight Energy: Trump's climate order coming Tuesday Feehery: Freedom Caucus follies MORE named Petraeus, currently the head of the U.S. Central Command, to the post. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinDevin Nunes has jeopardized the oversight role of Congress Ted Cruz wants to destroy the Senate as we know it A package proposal for repatriation MORE (D-Mich.) had said Wednesday that he would schedule the hearing no later than next Tuesday.
If confirmed, Petraeus will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, whom Obama relieved of his command after he and his aides made controversial comments denigrating administration officials that were published in Rolling Stone magazine. In a Rose Garden statement Wednesday, Obama urged quick confirmation of Petraeus to ensure a seamless transition.
Petraeus is expected to have a smooth confirmation; the architect of the 2007 Iraq troop surge received almost unanimous praise from both Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday.
But questions will likely be raised about the nearly nine-year conflict since allied forces have experience setbacks in the last few months. June was the deadliest month on record for coalition forces.