(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after the Senate’s unanimous confirmation of General David Petraeus as Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

“It is incredibly important that our troops on the ground have a qualified, experienced commander like General Petraeus.

“Like all Americans, I want to see progress in Afghanistan.  And that is why I have worked to provide the necessary training, equipment, and resources that our troops need to perform their jobs and return home safely. 

“I still have questions about our strategy and objectives over the long term and will continue to raise these questions and demand answers in the months ahead.

“And I am still concerned about the impact of this war on our servicemembers and veterans.  I know that our responsibility to our wounded warriors doesn’t end on the battlefield, and I will continue to keep fighting to support our men and women in uniform when they have returned home.”