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“The United States Senate must give him a fair hearing and they must confirm him as quickly as possible,” Bush said.

The president said he looked forward to hearing what his generals recommend about troop levels later this year, and didn’t tip his hand as to what he prefers to hear. “My message to our commanders is you will have all the troops, you will have all the resources you need to win in Iraq,” Bush said.

Petraeus also said in his testimony today that the existence of secret nuclear facilities in Syria is troubling.

The U.S. must convince Syria that sparking a nuclear arms race in the region, harboring terrorists and trying to undermine stability in Lebanon are not in its own interest, he said. He added that he hopes the peace talks between Syria and Israel mark a positive step.

Syria denies it has the suspected nuclear facilities.