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Senate Approves Gen. Petraeus as Commander

Senate Approves Gen. Petraeus as Commander


The U.S. Senate confirmed Gen. David Petraeus to lead war operations in Afghanistan, after Gen. Stanley McChrystal was ousted from the position last week after a revealing Rolling Stone article was published about him and his operations.

The Senate confirmed Petraeus with a 99-0 vote, which will pluck him from his position as head of U.S. Central Command. Petraeus has voiced his support for the Department of Defense to consider the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and has said that he has worked with gay CIA officers.

"After the 10 seconds of awareness wore off, the focus was on the professional attributes," he told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in March.

In February, Petraeus said that he's not sure whether U.S. troops actually care about the sexual orientation of their colleagues.

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