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Jed Babbin
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.
by | Mar 30, 2020

Last week, hundreds of Iranians reportedly died from drinking methanol — industrial alcohol — believing it was a cure for the coronavirus. Iran’s experience is just another aspect of the panic over the coronavirus pandemic gripping many people and nations….

by | Mar 23, 2020

Medical experts have told us that the Chinese coronavirus — COVID19, aka “kung flu” — is three times as contagious as the normal flu. The global pandemic has spread to a majority of countries. Italy has suffered the greatest number…

by | Mar 16, 2020

Sickness isn’t the only effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Entire nations’ economies have been shut down, quarantining is common in many places, international travel restrictions are in place, and the bears have shoved aside the bulls on Wall Street. All…

by | Mar 9, 2020

Nearly a half-century apart, two presidential candidates promised the end to wars that had gone on too long. In 1968, Richard Nixon promised “peace with honor” in Vietnam. In 2016, Donald Trump promised an end to our “endless wars” in…

by | Mar 2, 2020

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has a brief and controversial history. It was enacted in 1978 to provide secret judicial review of government intelligence surveillance of foreign agents in the United States. Since then — the government tells us…

by | Feb 24, 2020

It was inevitable. After the Democrats failed to evict Donald Trump from office through the Mueller investigation and then the ridiculous impeachment over the Zelensky telephone call, they would have to try something else to ruin him before the November…

by | Feb 20, 2020

History reveals the constant competition among nations. That competition is comprised of the creation and destruction of alliances, enmities, and marriages of convenience, in all of which frequent betrayals and double-crosses are an essential part. George MacDonald Fraser had perhaps the…

by | Feb 17, 2020

Huawei Technologies Co., China’s telecom giant, is bidding to be part of many nations’ new 5G telecommunications networks. 5G communications will be far faster in transmitting data than the 4G systems it will replace. President Trump has rejected any role…

by | Feb 3, 2020

Friday’s Senate vote rejecting Democrats’ demands to call witnesses in the Trump impeachment trial makes the president’s acquittal inevitable. But for the Senate bloviators’ desire to make more pointless speeches, the acquittal — which is scheduled for Wednesday — would…

by | Jan 27, 2020

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Former Vice President Joe Biden never measures up to that standard. In 2014, Bob Gates, who served as President Obama’s first secretary of defense, said that Biden had been wrong on…

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