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Petraeus Confirmed By Senate as Commander in Afghanistan, 99-0 (Vindication !!)
Weekly Standard ^ | 06/30/2010 | Mary Katharine Ham

Posted on 06/30/2010 12:22:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Smell that? Smells like redemption:

Gen. David H. Petraeus was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday as the new Afghan war commander, replacing ousted Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was dismissed by President Obama after publication of a magazine article in which McChrystal and his aides were quoted making insubordinate remarks.

The Senate vote followed a hearing Tuesday in which members of the Senate Armed Services Committee praised Petraeus's leadership of the war in Iraq and lauded him as the nation's premier warrior-diplomat.

Of course, that's just political redemption, which is rather unimportant stuff when compared with the hard work ahead of the general. Nonetheless, in Washington, it's good to see a good man lauded with good reason.

Interesting tidbit, if only because of the timing: The late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia was one of only two senators to vote against Petraeus' appointment to CENTCOM in 2008, joining Tom Harkin.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; confirmation; iraq; petraeus; waronterror

1 posted on 06/30/2010 12:22:08 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I didn’t see the hearing. Did anyone lecture him, as they did when he was Bush’s appointee?

What a waste of precious time. If a general was not reassigned because of incompetence, why should he have to be confirmed more than once for a similar duty?


2 posted on 06/30/2010 12:31:24 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

There seems to be no mockery or name-calling this time.

No “Betray us”, no “Willing Suspension of Disbelief”.

Moveon.org and Media Matters are non-existent today in regards to this same General they were attacking just 2 years ago.


3 posted on 06/30/2010 12:34:56 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
25% of the Senate voted against rebuking the Move On ad calling him "General Betray Us". Hillary Clinton was among those who'd voted against it (72% voted to condemn the ad).

Biden and Obama didn't vote (although Obama did vote on some other matter in the Senate that same day, 20 minutes earlier).

4 posted on 06/30/2010 12:37:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: SeekAndFind

99-0 to demote him... With his inept boss, I don’t expect he will last any longer than either of his two predecessors.


5 posted on 06/30/2010 12:38:26 PM PDT by Ingtar (If he could have taxed it, Obama's hole would have been plugged by now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Redemption, maybe. But to me it still just smells like typical leftist hypocrisy and shamelessness.


6 posted on 06/30/2010 12:39:02 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: a fool in paradise
25% of the Senate voted against rebuking the Move On ad calling him "General Betray Us".

Yep, and most of them are the same people who voted to confirm him today. What hypocrites.
7 posted on 06/30/2010 12:40:00 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The General is sooooooo above Obama, it’s pathetic.


8 posted on 06/30/2010 12:42:24 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Sacajaweau

Who isn’t???????


9 posted on 06/30/2010 12:43:59 PM PDT by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: skr
why should he have to be confirmed more than once for a similar duty?

It's called power.

If you got it, flaunt it.

10 posted on 06/30/2010 12:45:23 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What ever happened to General “Betrayus”?

I really despise politicians.


11 posted on 06/30/2010 12:53:19 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: SeekAndFind
25% of the Senate voted against rebuking the Move On ad calling him "General Betray Us".

Yep, and most of them are the same people who voted to confirm him today. What hypocrites.

Even more disgusting? Two of them are our sitting President and Vice President.

12 posted on 06/30/2010 1:19:03 PM PDT by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: SeekAndFind
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13 posted on 06/30/2010 1:31:16 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: erkyl

Just goes to show that Democrats and left wing politicians in general put petty politics above the securirty of our country and safety of our troops.


14 posted on 06/30/2010 1:53:41 PM PDT by BradtotheBone (Moderate Democrat - A politician whose voting record leans left and whose vote can be bought.)
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To: SeekAndFind

1. Will the General get the resources and freedom of decision-making needed to be successful? (Assuming a credible definition of success exists or can be formulated).
2. Will Holbrook be helpful, or a hindrance?

He has always seemed to a model of the professional “stateless diplomat.”


15 posted on 06/30/2010 1:54:33 PM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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To: SeekAndFind

99-0. Robert Byrd had a prior engagement and did not vote.


16 posted on 06/30/2010 2:03:31 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: BradtotheBone
Just goes to show that Democrats and left wing politicians in general put petty politics above the securirty of our country and safety of our troops.

And one day the troops will make them pay for it.

17 posted on 06/30/2010 2:09:42 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have to suspend disbelief to believe this.

I can’t wait to see how this all goes.

What are the senate rats going to say to their Code Pink friends?


18 posted on 06/30/2010 2:30:32 PM PDT by chilltherats (First, kill all the lawyers (now that they ARE the tyrants).......)
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To: SeekAndFind

If McCain were making this appointment, how many no votes would there be I wonder?


19 posted on 06/30/2010 3:29:35 PM PDT by JLS (Democrats: People who won't even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If McCain were making this appointment, how many no votes would there be I wonder?


20 posted on 06/30/2010 3:29:38 PM PDT by JLS (Democrats: People who won't even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day.)
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To: Ingtar

I look at this as a demotion also.


21 posted on 06/30/2010 4:22:15 PM PDT by mcshot (The compounding nightmare is never-ending and growing.)
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To: skr

What the heck???? Someone foget to wake up Sheets to make it 100 to 0?


22 posted on 06/30/2010 6:12:50 PM PDT by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: Oldpuppymax

“But to me it still just smells like typical leftist hypocrisy and shamelessness.”

I can stand that as long as our troops have a fully capable commander.


23 posted on 06/30/2010 6:35:15 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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