Robert O’Brien has a must read piece on the size of the Navy and the focus it should provide the GOP field in this afternoon’s Politico magazine. He joined me in hour two to discuss:
HH: Right now at Politico.com, at the magazine, you will see a piece that was posted three hours ago by my colleague, Robert O’Brien who is a law partner of mine. He wrote a piece called The Navy’s Hidden Crisis: It’s Too Small And Getting Smaller, about the foreign policy positions. And interestingly enough, George Will anticipated when he was talking to me last hour. Robert O’Brien, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to speak with you.
RO’B: Thanks for having me, Hugh.
HH: Let’s summarize first of all your piece in Politico is sort of addressed to Republican would-be presidential hopefuls. You haven’t signed on with anyone at this point, right?
RO’B: I have not, yet.
HH: All right, so the O’Brien primary goes on, but talk…
RO’B: I’m still getting over Governor Romney deciding not to run.
HH: But you’ve been working on this Navy piece for a while, because I know you were talking to a couple of people in and outside of the service about this. What’s the bottom line about what Republican candidates need to say about the Navy and why?
RO’B: Well, the bottom line is that this is going to be a national security election. We’re seeing the Middle East just in flames, the administration is floundering. It really has no idea what to do about it. We have a hot war, not a cold war, going on in Ukraine. You’re seeing body bags dragged out of Eastern Ukraine, the Donbass region of, you know, young Ukrainian soldiers, and Russian soldiers as well going home to be buried. You’ve got a very aggressive China in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. It’s a very dangerous world. This is going to be a foreign policy election. It’s a vulnerability for the Democrats, and it’s a huge vulnerability for Hillary Clinton. The Republican who’s the nominee and everyone who’s running needs to be the heir to Ronald Reagan. And it has to be a peace through strength platform, both in the primaries, and we have to come out of the convention with a very strong peace through strength platform. Having a strong United States Navy like Ronald Reagan advocated when he had his, shot for a 500 ship United States Navy, that’s where we need to be going into the general election. Continue Reading