Columns 2015

Hunter: Make no mistake - the FBI and Army retaliated against a hero

Dec 17, 2015 Issues: National Security, Veterans

When I first met Jason Amerine, it was hard not to be impressed.  He’s got the right stuff.  His resume — flush with the type of things that would make a Hollywood movie producer drool — isn’t too bad either. In politics, trust is important and...

Hunter: Don’t stifle vaping

Dec 9, 2015 Issues: Health Care

Yes, I vape.  On occasion, I might even smoke a real cigarette. Through my military career, including three combat tours, I even experienced chewing tobacco.   Now that I vape, does it mean I am one step closer to dying than say, someone who might...

Hunter: Why is Obama letting China beat the US at global drone sales?

Dec 7, 2015 Issues: National Security

If American allies are given a choice when they purchase military weapons, it’s a sure bet that they’ll look to buy American every time. The U.S. military has the most technologically advanced fighting force in the world and it’s no wonder so many...

Hunter: Secretary Carter, show the world we won't tolerate Afghan child rape

Sep 23, 2015 Issues: National Security

Imagine for a moment that you are serving in the U.S. Army and deployed to Afghanistan, and on your base there is clear evidence that child rape and other human rights violations are occurring at the hands of local Afghan police commanders and...

Hunter: Jordan needs U.S. drones to fight ISIS

Sep 21, 2015 Issues: National Security

Soon after Islamic State propagandists released a video in February of a captured and caged Jordanian pilot being burned alive, the Obama administration pledged full support to Jordan—a critical Middle East ally threatened by the terrorist army of...

Hunter: DeCA ignoring Congress, and families will pay

Jul 16, 2015 Issues: National Security, Veterans

As a nation, we ask a lot from our men and women in uniform, while they ask for little — if anything — in return. We ask them to train day and night to the highest standards. We ask them to put our freedoms ahead of their lives. We ask them to go to...

Hunter to besieged major: CIA should be paying you

Jun 23, 2015 Issues: National Security, Veterans

[Editor's note: The following is an open letter from Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., to Maj. Mathew Golsteyn. The officer faces a board of inquiry that begins Tuesday at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The board is to recommend weather he could remain in service. ...

Hunter: Army unfairly stripped major of awards

Apr 13, 2015 Issues: National Security, Veterans

The U.S. Army is an institution of greatness. Its history and tradition are steeped in the service of sacrifice of generations of Americans who have stepped forward in times of war and peace. These soldiers have also counted on the steady hand of...

Hunter: Average soldiers don’t trust their Generals and they have a point

Feb 3, 2015 Issues: National Security, Veterans

A survey last year showed only 27% of the military felt senior leaders looked out for their best interests. To fix the morale crisis generals need to stop acting like politicians. Through a decade-plus of war, America’s military men and women, and...