In just a few hours President Obama will deliver a major national security speech now that his administration is acknowledging that the U.S. killed four Americans in drone strikes. The admission was made in a letter to Congress on Wednesday. "We expect the president to announce new restrictions on how those controversial drone strikes can take place," Lothian says.
As Congress continues to struggle over the spending cuts and tax increases necessary to avoid the looming fiscal cliff, the former Governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman, argues that decisions on the fiscal cliff could have a surprising impact on national security. Whitman, President of the Whitman Strategy Group, joins "Starting Point" Wednesday to take a closer look at how national security could be hurt by the fiscal cliff if Congress fails to act.
Whitman argues that after Sandy it has become increasingly clear how infrastructure affects national security. "It makes it even more important that our representatives here in Washington actually step up and say – we have our important things that we believe in very deeply and we're not going to give up on the very basics – but we understand we have a bigger job and that bigger job is to ensure that the United States is on a good, strong fiscal path because that affects everything," she says.
"When the United States falls as it has in the last five years from number one to number seven in competitiveness, that hurts us," Whitman explains. "It hurts us domestically and internationally, and that's part of national security."
Here's a wake-up call for the United States: The shortcomings in America's education system could be affecting our national security. According to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations, they've been able to make a number of connections between our schools and the country's safety.
This morning on "Starting Point," StudentsFirst CEO and former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee explains why failing education in the U.S. is a security risk. She says "everyone has a state in education" and unless we make changes quickly the whole nation could suffer the consequences.