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June 15, 2010

Petraeus Taken Ill At Senate Hearing, Is OK Now

He became faint but left the hearing room under his own power.

Watching CSPAN he returned a few minutes later with a cup of water to a round of applause from those present. He said he got dehydrated and was ready to resume the hearing but Senate Armed Services Chair Carl Levin said he and his colleagues were overruling him and postponing the hearing for a day.

For a guy like Petreaus who prides himself on fitness and has litterally hundreds of thousands of young men and women in the field, engaged in combat, he can't be a happy guy. While the pressure of high command doesn't carry the same physical risk as combat, the daily grind of pressure, long hours and travel must be crushing. Hopefully, this was a passing thing and will remind the General and his staff of what I'm sure they've told their soldiers through the years...drink lots of fluids.

(Apparently the blog software also took ill but is now OK. I hope)


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