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Wednesday
Jan182017

America's First Step toward Reclaiming Naval Power

www.nationalinterest.org

By: Robert C. O'Brien

The Senate Armed Services Committee, under the leadership of chairman John McCain, has taken up President-elect Trump’s challenge to make America great again and rebuked President Obama in his final days in office.

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Thursday
Dec222016

“The John Bolton I Know – a formidable diplomat and a patriot” by Robert C. O’Brien

www.hughhewitt.com

By: Robert C. O'Brien

“The John Bolton I Know – a formidable diplomat and a patriot” by Robert C. O’Brien The press is reporting that former UN Ambassador John Bolton is being considered for various senior positions in the Trump Administration. As during the 2005 debate over his nomination to be UN Ambassador, his opponents are once more floating the argument that he is “undiplomatic.” While I am unaware what Trump Tower is thinking, or whether John will once more enter public service, I do know this: such criticism is flat out wrong. In today’s political parlance it is simply “fake news.” Indeed, much of it mirrors the unfair attacks on the President-elect and his cabinet designees.

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Friday
Dec092016

Trump Just Keeps Winning: America's Allies Are Boosting Defense Spending

The National Interest/The Buzz

By: Robert C. O'Brien

Since the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United States has carried a disproportionate share of the burden for defending the West. Indeed, today, in addition to America, only four allies meet the 2 percent of GDP NATO defense spending requirement: the United Kingdom, Poland, Greece and Estonia. After eight years of the Obama administration hollowing out America’s armed forces, and given the dangerous situation the world now faces from Islamic extremists, Iran’s proxy wars across the Middle East, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and threats against its neighbors, and China’s “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, the United States needs its allies to finally get serious about contributing to the common defense of the free world.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

In a Dangerous World, the Administration Must Fund Proven Missile Defense Systems Now

Real Clear Defense

By: Robert C. O'Brien

The world is in crisis. Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea and grand pronouncements about its right to intervene militarily in any nation where there are Russian speakers reminds us of the dark days of the late-1930s. China has declared vast swathes of the Pacific Ocean in the South China Sea and the East China Sea to be its sovereign territory in disregard for international maritime law.

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Thursday
Aug042016

It Is Time for Trump to Name His Foreign Policy Team

Real Clear Politics

By: Robert C. O'Brien

On May 18, Donald Trump made one of the best moves of his campaign. Responding to conservative concerns about who he would nominate to replace recently-deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Trump published the names of eleven eminently qualified conservative judges who he would consider for the vacancy. The move reassured conservatives and completely removed the issue from the table.

With Bernie Sanders in her rearview mirror, Hillary Clinton is now busily reinventing herself as a national security expert in an effort to lure GOP hawks into her tent. The Secretary of State responsible for the failed Russian "reset," who joined with President Obama in 2012 in criticizing Mitt Romney for calling out the Russian threat, now talks like a Cold Warrior and rolls out GOP endorsements such as General John Allen.

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