The US military dispenses billions of dollars to foreign forces each year. Pentagon says the investment boosts diplomatic leverage, citing the Egypt crisis. Critics say it does little to advance US goals.
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who arrives Sunday in Beijing, seeks to put military relations on an even keel – despite recently released photos of China's J-20 stealth fighter.
China's second-ranking PLA officer is visiting the US this week as the two powers try to put relations on a more cordial footing. But mutual suspicion is likely to remain strong as China expands its naval presence in the Pacific.
Readers write about the US ban on assault weapons, carbon taxes, the "tea party" protests, and why the US should maintain its current policy toward Taiwan.
Readers write about torture and North Korea.
Mexico's drug wars are spilling over into the US, forcing Obama's administration to refocus attention on the border.
At least 35 people were killed in 24 hours in the worst spate of bloodshed yet this year.