The Senate unanimously confirmed Gen. David. H. Petraeus as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, turning over the nation’s intelligence operations to the man credited with turning back insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The nomination of Petraeus, the top commander of the war effort in Afghanistan, was approved by a 94-0 vote, in a body that at times has been divided by his strategies.
But just a week after the president announced a schedule for troop withdrawals in Afghanistan and credited Petraeus’ surge strategy for growing stability in the country, the four-star general found no resistance.
“His military service will come in handy. I think his analytical skills and ability will come in handy. He is the right man for the job,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said before the vote.