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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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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

The first two GOP debates have catapulted new candidates into the top tier of the field. In Cleveland, it was Dr. Ben Carson. In Simi Valley, it was Carly Fiorina—who was also following up a “mini-breakout” in Cleveland’s undercard debate. Neither candidate “won” the debates so much as they exceeded expectations and subsequently drew real interest from pundits, voters and fundraisers. Tonight, for the first time, it appears that not one, but two, candidates are poised for breakout performances.

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Tuesday
Sep082015

Sorry, Democrats: The GOP Has a Bright Future

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

For the past several years, there has been a persistent drumbeat in the mainstream press proclaiming the pending demise of the Grand Old Party. Most recently, a Los Angeles Times headline proclaimed: “Demographic trends favor Democrats, but GOP could still win in 2016.” The Washington Post weighed in with its own doom and gloom for the GOP: “Dems Head into 2016 with a Clear Demographic Advantage.” The theme of such analysis is that America is changing and the GOP cannot or will not compete for Hispanic, African-American, Asian, LGBT and millennial voters, who will give Democrats a lock on political power in America.

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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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