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Monday
Apr032017

Israel Is Still Struggling to Survive UN Bullying and Diplomatic Setbacks

www.nationalinterest.org

By: Robert C. O'Brien

Three months ago, on December 23, 2017, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334, dealing Israel a significant diplomatic defeat. The resolution in essence provides that all Israeli settlements in “Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem” are “flagrantly” illegal. The resolution passed 14–0. The United States, which historically has protected Israel in the security council, abstained in one of the final significant acts of the Obama administration. Rather than promote the Middle East peace process, in the time since its passage, it has become apparent that Resolution 2344 has further diminished the likelihood of success on that front. The resolution is also a long term diplomatic and legal setback for Israel that will be difficult to repeal.

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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

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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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