Republicans Warm to Obama’s Petraeus NominationBy Susan Davis
Wall Street Journal
June 24, 2010
In tapping Gen. David Petraeus to take over for Gen. Stanley McChrystal, President Barack Obama may have made a smart tactical move that will shield his nominee from any pushback from congressional Republicans because they like Petraeus.
They really, really like him.
Rep. Peter King, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, was one of the first Republicans out with react to Obama’s Petraeus appointment. In a statement, the New York Republican said he “strongly” supported the nomination and praised Petraeus as “a true American hero who implemented the ‘surge’ policy and succeeded in Iraq against great odds.”
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who will have a vote on the matter, offered his support. “I am confident Gen. Petraeus will lead our troops to victory against those who seek to turn Afghanistan back into a terrorist breeding ground,” Cornyn said, adding that Petraeus “deserves our nation’s thanks” for accepting the assignment.
And House Minority Leader John Boehner said he respected the decision of the commander-in-chief and supported the selection of Petraeus as well.
“Gen. Petraeus has also dedicated his career to this country and he deserves great credit for his leadership in helping to stabilize Iraq and bring it to a critical transition point this summer. I believe he is the right person take over this command,” he said.