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Robert C. O'Brien is an attorney and commentator on foreign affairs and international law issues. His opinion and editorial pieces regularly appear in major publications such as CBSNews.com, The Huffington Post and Newsmax. Mr. O'Brien's law review articles have been published in the American Journal of International Law, The Cornell International Law Journal, The UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs, The Los Angeles Lawyer and other journals. He is the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of a national law firm.

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Sunday
Aug302015

As Adversaries Test America, We Need a Leader Who Is Tested

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

America and its allies who embrace and defend freedom are being continually challenged. With each passing day, it seems the world becomes an even more dangerous and violent place.

Under the Obama-Clinton administration foreign-policy doctrine of retreat and disengagement, of "leading from behind," our allies no longer trust us and our adversaries no longer fear us.

To turn the tide, America needs a president who embodies the leadership qualities of Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill—someone who will not be intimidated by international bullies who suppress and conquer. We need a leader who will stand up and say enough is enough.

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Thursday
Jul162015

Obama's Folly: The Iran Deal Disaster

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

In his press conference on Wednesday, President Obama said that his deal with Iran is the best outcome that could be achieved. History proves otherwise. Unlike past successful non-proliferation efforts with respect to states seeking nuclear weapons, this deal moves Iran further down the path toward obtaining a nuclear weapon. Indeed, the deal actually recognizes Iran’s "right" to enrich uranium and Iran will keep at least five thousand nuclear centrifuges spinning into the future. Six previous United Nations Security Council Resolutions stated the opposite. Iran flouted those resolutions and is now being rewarded for its clandestine and illegal nuclear enrichment activity.

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Thursday
Apr092015

Why Rand Paul Should Worry about 'America in Retreat'

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

Kentucky’s junior Senator, Rand Paul, announced his candidacy for President of the United States on Tuesday. Senator Paul is young, energetic and one of the genuinely nice guys in American politics. His positions on cutting the staggering federal debt by taming “Big Government” and curbing the NSA’s surveillance of law abiding Americans are attractive to Republicans, Independents and even many Democrats.

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Friday
Apr032015

Battleground 2016: The GOP's 4-Man Race

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

While the GOP has the biggest field of legitimate candidates since 1980, it is starting to look like a four man race five months before the Ames Straw Poll. The four Republican frontrunners are all first time candidates for president. Three of them are under 50, hold important elected offices and have long political careers ahead of them. The fourth is the son and brother of presidents.

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Thursday
Mar262015

China's Next Move: A Naval Base in the South Atlantic?

Real Clear Defense

By: Robert C. O'Brien

I recently returned from Walvis Bay, Namibia, the country's sole deep water port and former South Atlantic home to the Royal and South African Navies.  Also in port were two of the three ships of the Royal Navy's Atlantic Patrol Tasking South.  A Daring-class Type 45 air warfare destroyer and a Royal Fleet Auxiliary small fleet tanker were both pier side.  (The task force's third ship, HMS Clyde, was presumably on station patrolling the Falklands.)  While Walvis Bay enjoys a 138-year history with the Royal Navy, it could soon be home to a powerful Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy surface squadron.

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