With Petraeus In Wings, Republicans Renew Criticism Of Afghan Exit Strategy

With Gen. David Petraeus set to take command of the nine-year war in Afghanistan, Republican lawmakers, who have largely supported the change in leadership, are reprising their criticism of next summer's troop drawdown deadline – an issue they plan to raise during Petraeus' confirmation hearing. Petraeus tapped by President Obama on Wednesday to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who resigned after his disparaging remarks about the administration were published in Rolling Stone -- will testify at a confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. He is expected to win confirmation swiftly and easily -- but the hearing will give Republicans an opportunity to sound the alarm over Obama's July 2011 troop withdrawal deadline. "Gen. Petraeus has the right idea, but even Gen. Petraeus is not going to be able to succeed in a fight if the president continues to stick with his promise to withdraw troops by 2011," said Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. "Then he's setting Gen. Petraeus