General Faints During Tough Questioning

Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in the Mideast, appeared to faint while testifying before the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. While being questioned by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Petraeus slumped over, looked dazed and was assisted by aides who rushed to his side. A few seconds later, he quickly sat upright again and then left the room on his own power. After being examined by a doctor and eating some food, Petraeus returned to the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing room 20 minutes later, smiling. A spokesman said Petraeus was dehydrated and became a bit lightheaded. He had been travelling recently and was jet-lagged, the spokesman said.