CIA Director David Petraeus, the former commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is asking the White House to significantly beef up the agency's fleet of armed drones. By adding up to 10 to a force of 30 to 35, the CIA would be able to continue its lethal strikes against al Qaeda in Pakistan and Yemen and, if necessary, go after new threats in North Africa and other places. "With what happened in Libya," one official told The Washington Post, "we're realizing that these places are going to heat up."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How U.S. special forces are preparing for the worst-case scenario in North Korea
- Why you shouldn't eat dog. Not even once.
- Why Israel can no longer let the Palestinian Authority be responsible for security in the West Bank
- Why you should really take a nap this afternoon, according to science
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- How social conservatives became a minority in need of protection
- Grammar quiz: Do you know the passive voice?
- Why charity can't solve society's deepest problems
- 7 things the world's happiest people do every day
Subscribe to the Week