U.S. Sen. John McCain praised Libya’s rebels as his “heroes” in a visit to their de facto capital Friday, a day after the United States started flying armed drones to bolster NATO firepower and try to break a battlefield stalemate with Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drones in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday. Gates suggested that the unmanned Predator missions may have already begun.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that he agrees with President Obama’s decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Comments by McChrystal and his staff in a Rolling Stone profile were “unacceptable” and “inconsistent” with the “high standards” expected of military officials, Gates said.