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 Hussein ObamaTop nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report Prosecutors face legal challenges over obstruction charge in Capitol riot cases Biden makes early gains eroding Trump's environmental legacy MORE named Petraeus, currently the head of the U.S. Central Command, to the post. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinOvernight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden pays tribute to late Sen. Levin: 'Embodied the best of who we are' Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm dead at 85 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.