As expected, Gen. David Petraeus has been confirmed to be take over as commander in Afghanistan, officially replacing Gen. Stanley McChrystal, AP reports:
Senate confirms Gen. David Petraeus as the next commander of the war in Afghanistan.
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports:
It took a while. The vote was held open for a while, but it's official. The full Senate vote on the confirmation of General David Petraeus just took place. As expected, Petraeus was confirmed for his new role as commander of the war in Afghanistan.
The vote was unanimous. 99-0.
Here's the president's statement, as released by the White House:
I am extremely grateful to the Senate for acting so quickly to confirm General Petraeus to lead our military effort in Afghanistan. General Petraeus is a pivotal part of our effort to succeed in Afghanistan - and in our broader effort to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda - and he has my full confidence. The Senate's quick action and General Petraeus's unrivaled experience will ensure we do not miss a beat in our strategy to break the Taliban's momentum and build Afghan capacity.