Petraeus OK After Swoon During Hearing

Appeared to pass out during Senate testimony on Afghanistan

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 15, 2010 9:45 AM CDT | Updated Jun 15, 2010 11:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Gen. David Petraeus says he is "doing OK" after he appeared to pass out this morning during a hearing on Capitol Hill. "I just got a little dehydrated," the commander of US forces in Iran and Afghanistan tells CNN. "I ate a couple of bananas and drank some water. I didn't eat breakfast this morning." John McCain was questioning Petraeus during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when the general slumped over and aides began crowding around him.

Petraeus was whisked out of the room, and chairman Carl Levin postponed the remainder of the hearing. The general quickly regained his equanimity and his sense of humor, the AP notes. He said he "was feeling a little bit lightheaded there" and added, "It wasn't Sen. McCain's question."

US General David H. Petraeus commander of United States central Command, CENTCOM, speaking at the Royal United Service Institute, Land Warfare conference in London, England, Wednesday, June 9, 2010.
US General David H. Petraeus commander of United States central Command, CENTCOM, speaking at the Royal United Service Institute, Land Warfare conference in London, England, Wednesday, June 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Gen. David Petraeus is surrounded by staff members after appearing to pass out while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2010.
Gen. David Petraeus is surrounded by staff members after appearing to pass out while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Gen. David Petraeus, who said later he was dehydrated, appears to faint while being questioned by John McCain during a Senate hearing this morning. He soon stood up, and left the room unaided.   (RussiaToday)

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