Petraeus would helm an increasingly militarized CIA

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Petraeus's nomination comes at a time when the CIA functions, more than ever in its history, as an extension of the nation's lethal military force. CIA teams operate alongside U.S. special operations forces in conflict zones from Afghanistan to Yemen. The agency has also built up a substantial paramilitary capability of its own. But perhaps most significantly, the agency is in the midst of what amounts to a sustained bombing campaign over Pakistan using unmanned Predator and Reaper drones.

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