The Department of Defense has issued a release that blames dehydration for General David Petraeus' fainting episode earlier today.
Petraeus briefly slumped over
during a Senate hearing on the war on Afghanistan this morning.
Though there was speculation that the stress of tough questions from a Senate committee may be responsible for the scare, it soon emerged that Petraeus had skipped breakfast and was suffering from dehydration.
"Petraeus returned about a half hour later, telling the senators he felt better after drinking several glasses of water and eating a banana," the Pentagon's official coverage reads
He was also seen by a doctor, according to Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morrell.
No comment has been issued, however, on whether the Senate will incorporate more bathroom breaks to encourage adequate hydration. During a Senate hearing
last year, Petraeus and U.S Ambassador Ryan Crocker endured 10-hour sessions with only two opportunities to relieve themselves.
"I'm not sure two days of this is Geneva-compliant," Sen. Lindsey Graham quipped at the time. "But we'll go on."