June 24th, 2010
11:42 AM ET

Latest developments on Gen. David Petraeus

Here are the latest developments involving Gen. David Petraeus, who has been chosen to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. McChrystal was relieved of duty after he and his staff made comments in a Rolling Stone magazine article that appear to mock top civilian officials, including the vice president.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

- Petraeus said Thursday that he supports President Obama's July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Petraeus' comments to CNN's Dana Bash were his first public remarks since being tapped as the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

- Petraeus' confirmation hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning, according to a statement from Senate Armed Services Committee.

 PREVIOUSLY REPORTED

- The top U.S. military official said he backs the president's decision to remove McChrystal from his command post. "I'm very supportive of the president's decision," Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said at a Washington event Thursday.

- Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, said Thursday that McChrystal apologized to him for disparaging remarks in the article about Eikenberry and other officials.

- Defense Secretary Robert Gates backed keeping McChrystal on the job because he was vital to the war effort in Afghanistan, but he was overruled, a senior Pentagon official told CNN's Barbara Starr. The official has direct knowledge of the events but declined to be identified because of the internal administration discussions.

- NATO's acting commander in Afghanistan insisted Thursday there is no change in the Afghanistan mission in the wake of McChrystal's firing. "We remain absolutely focused on our tasks and the operational tempo will not miss a beat," said Lt. Gen. Sir Nick Parker, who assumed command pending approval of Petraeus' nomination by Congress.

- The spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday that "we will respect" Obama's decision to name a new U.S. military commander in Afghanistan. The spokesman, Waheed Omar, called Petraeus "an obvious choice" to take over from McChrystal.

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  1. Annexian

    I say the defense budget should be cut in 2/3.

    1/3 remains for the necessary deterrent to attack, due to all the enemies the "American Empire" made so a few rich elite in our society could become richer.
    1/3 is for infastructure improvement/social programs. Accompanied by ending the "Tax breaks and subsidies for companies that export jobs" and instead of a fence/profiling, just tell da FUZZ to "Enforce" existing laws and check the books on employers.

    the final 1/3 is for either tax relief or paying down the debt. IMO, we could just "Welch" on the debt, since it's the "Rich Elite" gaming the system. Due to how weak they've made us we couldn't to China (thanks Bush!) but we could become the world's breadbasket again and just pay them back in food. That way if they attacked or undermined us, they'd be hitting themselves in the gut and we'd get warning seeing them brace themselves.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    GEN McChrystal is a man of utmost honor and integrity and one of many service members who have been fighting this war since 9-11. He deserves a lot more than what was given by stay @ home hip slinging strategists who have limited knowledge of what this war is about, let alone who have the capacity to see where it’s going. He should be awarded the Medal of Honor for past and present activities in defense of this country. That way, when the President calls on him for some much needed mentoring, he will have to salute the GEN.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImForMandatoryService

      I believe that is disrespectful to the Medal of Honor recipients who gave everything of themselves in service to thier country. General McChrystal served honorably and with distinction as every service member should. The man has a Bronze Star on his chest, something he earned... but to suggest we award him the highest honor a military member can recieve so the President can salute him shows how little respect you have to those who paid the ultimate price.

      The President developes strategy and policy, by the way, based on the advice of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and military advisors. Bush did to, and Clinton before him.

      June 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MAT

    And the left goes from General Betrayus to General Pleasesaveus. What a bunch of hacks. I guess they only disagreed when it was a Bush administration and they wanted to sabatoge the war effort.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. prgmgr

    I do find it interesting that the General chosen to lead us in this war was Petraeus. If I recall – didn't the Dems demonize him during the Bush Admin.? It's amazing how an enemy can quickly become an ally – when they have something to offer you.
    Politics as usual – I have seen not seen the change that was promised two years ago!

    June 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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