WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David Petraeus, the four-star general who led troops in Iraq for the past year, will be nominated by President Bush to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.
Gates said he expected Petraeus to make the shift in late summer or early fall. The Pentagon chief also announced that Bush will nominate Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno to replace Petraeus in Baghdad.
Central Command oversees the wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan.
"I am honored to be nominated for this position and to have an opportunity to continue to serve with America's soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians," Petraeus said in a brief statement from Baghdad. (H/T - Yahoo!)
Petraeus has suffered through a lot of nonsense from Congress, the media, and the idiots at MoveOn in the past year, and yet he remained classy and professional through it all. If it were me, I would have strangled each and every one of them. It is nice to see the general's patience be rewarded. Congratulations, sir!