Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Pakistan and Afghanistan this week for talks with military officials there. The visit comes as U.S. officials try to lay the groundwork for peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the war in Afghanistan.
President Obama plans to control the deficit by cutting some spending on medicare and raising taxes on the rich. He holds a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif, Wednesday. On Tuesday, he was in Annandale, Va., where he answered questions from voters.
Now, as the U.S. maneuvers to try to end the war in Afghanistan, here in Washington, President Obama has set his sights on the Pentagon. To be specific, the Pentagon budget. Right now the U.S. spends about as much on its military as the rest of the world combined. The president says that's too much and he's calling for $400 billion worth of cuts in security spending by 2023. Now whether that can be done without damaging the military is an open question.