The New York Times is reporting that General David Petraeus has won confirmation as the new commanding officer of Central Command.
He won the confirmation on a vote of 95 to 2 in the Senate, with only Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) dissenting.
As commander of Central Command, General Petraeus will be in charge of military operations in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.
What this means is to you is that a commander who stressed the need for a troop surge in Iraq in 2007 is now in charge of the entire operation. This is good news for McCain, who is against an immediate troop withdrawal, and obviously bad news for Obama, who wants to withdraw troops as soon as possible.