Caught on Tape: Petraeus Collapses During Senate Hearing; Watch The Video Inside
WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. David Petraeus says it was nothing more than a little dehydration, but he gave senators and staff a shock when he appeared to pass out at a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday morning.
Petraeus had just finished telling Sen. John McCain that he believes the planned 2011 drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan remains on track when he slumped over and put his head on the witness table. Aides rushed to the side of the 57-year-old
four-star general, but he revived after a few seconds and left the room under his own power, though looking dazed.
When he returned about 20 minutes later, he told the committee he'd started "feeling a little bit light-headed" and joked that it was not a reaction to McCain's question.
The committee chairman, Sen. Carl Levin, suspended the hearing until tomorrow morning.
Petreaus oversees the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as head of U.S. Central Command. His high-profile career has many seeing him as the leading candidate to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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