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.

To Hell With Gillette

 

There’s a lot we have to put up with in life and a lot that we don’t. One of the things we don’t have to put up with are the hyper-liberal political lectures that actors, singers, and NFL players try to inflict on us. It’s easy to change the channel — or read a book […]

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Democrats’ Big Lie on the Border Wall — Yet They’re Winning

 

Despite the fact that President Trump has fired almost every big gun he has, his battle with congressional Democrats over funding the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has been stalemated. He will probably lose the fight. The partial government shutdown, the longest ever, is in its fourth week. Despite his fondness for […]

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The Most Successful Coverup

 

Since Watergate, the Washington wisdom has always held that it’s not the crime, it’s the coverup that sinks a politician. But that’s only the case when the coverup fails. But what if the coverup succeeds? It’s horribly simple. The crimes are never uncovered and the perpetrators are never brought to justice no matter how serious […]

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2018: A Year for the (Comic) Books

 

The year 2018 could never have achieved its record-setting level of political chaos and sheer inanity without the help of the many people and few governments that weren’t killing people, making war on their neighbors or just being annoying. January On New Year’s Day, California became the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana. Shortly after […]

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Trump’s ‘Victory’ in Syria and Shameful Betrayal of the Kurds

 

President Trump has the dangerous habit of giving greater credence to what our enemies tell him than to what his closest advisors and our intelligence agencies say. Perhaps that is what Defense Secretary James Mattis meant when he wrote, in his resignation letter, that America needs to be “clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic […]

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President Trump Is Right: Shut It Down

 

The Tuesday showdown between President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) was not supposed to be a press event but Trump, ever the stage manager, made sure it was. He turned it into a good political scrap. At the meeting voices were raised, fingers were pointed […]

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Theresa May Is Sheriff Bart

 

Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles is the funniest movie ever made. Much of its humor illustrates the devastating stupidity of racism. There’s a scene early in the movie when the new black sheriff, who has just ridden into town, faces a crowd of racists all pointing guns at him. After the preacher’s bible has a hole shot […]

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What Is Putin’s Game?

 

Between America’s most dangerous adversaries — Russia and China — it’s a toss-up which is the single most dangerous. The threat an adversary poses is best gauged by determining its intentions and capabilities. That analysis makes China, which has much greater capabilities than the Russian Federation, the greater danger. We have to add to the […]

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Brexit Defenestrated — But Is It Doomed?

 

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s agreement to withdraw from the European Union may not be the worst deal ever, but it’s a close second to former president Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran. By the terms of her withdrawal agreement May has literally thrown the concept of Brexit out the window. Brexit was supposed to […]

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Saudis Going Nuclear? A Partial Case Can Be Made

 

In March, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told 60 Minutes that “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb. But without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.” Prince bin Salman (“MBS”) is now leading the negotiations with the U.S. Department of Energy to […]

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