Jed Babbin

TAS contributing editor Jed Babbin served as a deputy undersecretary of defense in the George H.W. Bush administration. He writes the “Loose Canons” column for TAS Online and often appears as a talking warhead on television and radio. He is coauthor (with Herbert London) of the new book The BDS War Against Israel. He is also the author of Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and Old Europe are Worse Than You Think. You can follow him on Twitter@jedbabbin.

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They Only Blame America

 

Having inflicted so many bad decisions and wrong-headed policies on our nation’s security, you might think that President Obama and his team would be content to rest on their depredations. But they are ideologues, which means they never tire of doing their best to do the worst. Their ideology was first defined by the late […]

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Lessons Unlearned

 

Yesterday was the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that murdered 2,977 Americans. We have been at war since October of that year when we first struck the Taliban in Afghanistan after President Bush gave them the choice between surrendering Osama bin Laden and war. In those fifteen years of war, we haven’t achieved victory […]

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All the Lies: They’ve Turned Us Into a Rotting Banana Republic

 

It’s a matter or record. Americans now populate the largest, wealthiest and most powerful banana republic in the world. The differences between Obama’s America and Maduro’s Venezuela are defined only by degree. The defining characteristics of banana republics are a matter of history. First, the law is not enforced against a chosen class in a […]

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Two Hundred Yards Is Too Close

 

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boats harassed U.S. Navy ships and boats again last week in what has become a commonplace in the Persian Gulf. All of these incidents have happened in international waters. The Iranians claim much of those waters as their own. In January, the Iranians fired missiles within about fifteen hundred yards of […]

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Lie of the Decade

 

We have become wearily accustomed to the constant flow of lies in the presidential campaign. Some are important but most are not. They have become a tiresome reminder of why so many people have decided to ignore the whole mess. Lies in a political campaign should matter but those lies that are the basis for […]

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Politicized Intelligence: Telling the Boss What He Wants to Hear

 

The August 10 report of a joint task force of the House Armed Services Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence shows that a serious corruption of intelligence by U.S. Central Command (“CENTCOM”) senior officers has been used to feed President Obama’s narrative that the fight against the Islamic State has been going well since […]

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The CEO Candidate

 

Republicans didn’t have much luck nominating a financial industry chief executive officer in 2012. Mitt Romney was a lousy candidate for a lot of reasons. Romney didn’t have good political reflexes. For example, in April 2012, the Obama Labor Department issued a new rule that would have prevented children from being paid to do chores […]

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Europe’s Summer of Terror

 

David Fisher’s magnificent book, A Summer Bright and Terrible, begins with the sentence, “In England the summer of 1940 was the sunniest, driest, most glorious summer in living memory.” But in that summer — the summer of the Battle of Britain — the only things that stood between the death and survival of European civilization […]

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ISIS? No, Crisis

 

The Wall Street Journal report that Russian aircraft had bombed a supposedly secret U.S.-British base on the Syrian border with Jordan last month should raise the hackles of everyone in the presidential race and Middle East policymakers everywhere. It proved, redundantly, the comprehensive failure of Obama’s policies in the Middle East, particularly his more than […]

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The Lessons We Refuse to Learn

 

Today’s beginning of the Republican convention follows a week that, in nearly perfect fashion, demonstrated how thoroughly America and its allies have refused to learn the lessons terrorists have taught us over the past fifteen years. The reactions to the terrorist attacks in Nice, France and Obama’s response to the attempted coup in Turkey each […]

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