Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, said Petraeus “will stand in the ranks of America’s greatest military heroes. His inspirational leadership and his genius were directly responsible — after years of failure — for the success of the surge in Iraq. … Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said he regrets Petraeus’ resignation. “General Petraeus is one of America’s most outstanding and distinguished military leaders and a true American patriot,” King said in a statement.