“I don’t think you can just make easy, simple assertions based on simple formulas — a third, a third, a third,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a recent interview. He was referring to how the Pentagon traditionally has divided the budget pie more or less equally among the various branches of the armed forces. But Hagel is signaling that in the face of the major budget cuts ahead, a more flexible approach will be needed. It’s a sensible point. The guiding principle should be overall strategic need, not parochial interests.
Vietnamese who criticize their government on social media now face fines of nearly $5,000. The new law is the latest step by the country’s communist leaders to crack down on cyberdissent. Such repressive laws not only violate what should be a fundamental human right, the freedom of speech, but also show just how insecure and out of touch with their own people the Vietnamese leaders are.