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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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Tuesday
Mar012016

Ted Cruz’s Case for a Reagan-Style Military Buildup

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

The next commander in chief will face a stark reality: for eight years, President Obama systematically drained resources from our armed services. It will no longer matter why or how he did it. All that will matter is what happens next.

While President Obama may have been hoping that unilateral disarmament on the part of the United States would result in similar behavior from other major powers, the opposite has happened. Both China and Russia are engaged in significant military buildups and aggressive behavior from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea. Iran, which had been restrained by one of the most punishing economic sanctions regimes in history, is now on a $100 billion military shopping spree primarily at the Russian arms industry checkout counter courtesy of the American president. North Korea is accelerating its progress towards its declared intention of developing an ICBM capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the United States. ISIS and Al Qaeda, along with all the other terrorist networks festering in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond are constantly on the lookout for any new capability to do harm to America.

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Saturday
Dec262015

A New Year’s Resolution for Obama: Learn From Carter

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien and Michael Gallager

On Christmas Eve thirty-six years ago, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. This was the first direct use of Soviet troops outside the Eastern Bloc since World War II, "a watershed event of the Cold War."

The Carter administration was already reeling from a series of foreign policy failures. As historian John Lewis Gaddis wrote, the invasion was “only the most dramatic of a series of humiliations for the United States.” The Soviets had deployed nuclear missiles to Europe in 1977 and Soviet-backed Cuban troops had intervened in Angola in 1975 and Ethiopia and Zaire in 1977. The Iranian revolution and subsequent hostage crisis, the rise of the Soviet-backed Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia added to the general sense of crisis.

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Wednesday
Oct282015

Can Rubio and Cruz Capture the GOP Establishment?

Politico.com

By: Robert C. O'Brien

Tuesday
Sep082015

Sorry, Democrats: The GOP Has a Bright Future

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

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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