David Petraeus COLLAPSES During Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing (VIDEO)
WASHINGTON – Gen. David Petraeus slumped over Tuesday morning during a Senate hearing, but revived after a few seconds and left the room under his own power. After about 20 minutes he returned to the hearing room.
Petraeus, 57, had finished telling Sen. John McCain that he believes the planned 2011 drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan remains on track, and McCain was responding when the room fell silent and aides began crowding around the four-star general.
Petraeus, who oversees the war in Iraq and Afghanistan as head of U.S. Central Command, briefly put his head on the table, then rose, appearing dazed. He stood under his own power and was escorted from the room.
Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman, suspended the hearing until Wednesday out of concern for Petraeus’ health.
Petraeus himself returned to the room briefly and told the senators he “was feeling a little bit light-headed there.”
“It wasn’t Sen. McCain’s question,” the general added.
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