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.


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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The Road to Dallas


After he murdered five Dallas police officers and wounded seven others, Micah Johnson kept a SWAT team at bay for more than three hours. As they tried to talk him into surrendering, he told them that he wanted to kill white people, especially white policemen. Johnson’s horrific attack on police is the most recent evidence […]

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Klinger, Thwarted


Corporal Max Klinger would have been appalled. The otherwise normal character from the M*A*S*H television series tried to prove himself eligible to be discharged by reason of insanity by always dressing in women’s clothes. But his commander, Colonel Potter, never got suckered into giving him the Section 8 discharge he wanted so desperately. Last week, […]

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Brexit of Champions (Part Deux)


The importance of last week’s “Brexit” vote cannot be diminished, even by those on our side of the Atlantic who insist on seeing only its possible effects on our November presidential election. In defining the importance of Brexit, the reactions within the EU are a good place to start. Brit PM David Cameron, having staked […]

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