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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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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Foggy Bottom Breakdown?

 

After last week we must conclude that not everyone in the State Department is an idiot. That conclusion — guarded, reluctant, and certainly temporary — is based on a truly earth-shattering event. As the Wall Street Journal reported, fifty-one State Department officials, all of whom are or were advisors on the State Department’s policy on […]

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Ripping Apart the Second Amendment

 

Last week, in the case of Peralta v. County of San Diego, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the California law that requires applicants for concealed carry permits to show “good cause” — i.e., a need specific to the person — in order to obtain such a permit. The law leaves […]

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Suing the Saudis

 

On May 17, the Senate passed legislation that would enable private citizens to sue the government of Saudi Arabia and other Saudis possibly connected to al-Qaeda for damages incurred in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that took nearly three thousand lives. Predictably, the Saudis took an apocalyptic view of the bill. Before it passed […]

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The Obama Navy as Farce

 

On January 12 two U.S. Navy riverine boats were sailing south through the Persian Gulf to Bahrain near Iran’s Farsi Island. One of the boats had broken down and the other stayed with it. Six Iranian boats surrounded them and demanded their surrender at gunpoint. The Americans did. They were forced to their knees and […]

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Speed-Lacing the South China Sea

 

China under President Xi is finding it easy to give the U.S. under President Obama a swift boot in the rear. Chinese President Xi Jinping has succeeded in gaining more power than any Chinese leader has had since that nation suffered the upheavals of the 1970s. His success in doing so is attributable to Barack Obama […]

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Some Further Instruction for Donald Trump

 

Why hasn’t he yet responded to the Ben Rhodes Iran Deal scandal? Every presidential campaign has milestones that tell candidates they have to turn their skills to different tasks. Donald Trump has reached one of them but he isn’t making the course corrections he needs. Trump had political skills and instincts good enough to defeat […]

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