General Petraeus Faints During Exchange With John McCain (video)
Washington Hearings: General David Petraeus Faints During Question Session With Senator John McCain (video)
The top U.S. military man in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, collapsed and fainted during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday.
General Petraeus, 57, was answering questions from Senator John McCain (see video) when he appeared to faint. Military personnel rushed to his aid, he was revived, left the room and returned 25 minutes later.
When he returned a few minutes later to a round of applause, he told the committee that he had gotten "light-headed."
"It wasn't Senator McCain's questions," he said to laughter. "I just got dehydrated."
The committee adjourned until Wednesday and the general left Capitol Hill, claiming he was feeling fine.
General Petraeus, 57, has been treated for prostrate cancer. Petraeus has notorious health and fitness routine, complete with extensive jogging and a single meal a day. Petraeus was testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee as there is growing unease over the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan.
Petraeus, who has sought to manage expectations in the war effort oversees, told the panel that "the going was likely to get harder before it got easier."
Asked if he still supported beginning a withdrawal in July 2011, Petraeus said: "I support the policy of the president."