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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Missouri, indicated Wednesday that he approves of President Barack Obama's decision to ask Gen. David Petraeus to take command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

"Gen. Petraeus is the best that we have," Skelton said in a written statement. "I have great confidence in his ability to bring about a successful outcome in Afghanistan. The Commander-in-Chief must have confidence in his commanders in the field. It is time to move on and return our focus to waging the war in Afghanistan."