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.

Trump: The Novator of Arms Control

 

President Trump announced on Saturday that America would withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that President Reagan concluded with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The INF Treaty banned both parties from possessing ballistic or cruise missiles having ranges from 500 to 5,500 kilometers (about 310 to 3,400 miles). It was a good idea […]

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Assassination Fascination

 

Since long before Brutus, Cassius, and their gang carved up Julius Caesar in 44 BC, political assassinations have been a favorite tool of revolutionaries, terrorists, and despots. People find assassinations to be endlessly — and not grimly — entertaining as demonstrated by the constant market for books, plays, and movies about them, both fact and […]

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Elon Musk: King of the Crony Capitalists

 

Which came first: the Tesla or the subsidy? The subsidy, of course. PayPal billionaire Elon Musk — along with Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos — are the poster boys for the left’s version of capitalism. The Post was always a left-leaning newspaper but because Bezos bought it, and since President Trump was elected, the Post has become an agglomeration […]

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Fort Trump?

 

At a joint press conference with President Trump on September 18, Polish President Andrej Duda called for a permanent U.S. military base on Polish soil. He offered $2 billion to help pay for it and said that it could be named “Fort Trump.” Do we really want a “Fort Trump” in Poland? Well, yes and […]

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The Lingering Stench of Coverup at Justice and the FBI

 

President Trump told a Friday evening rally that there’s a “lingering stench” in the FBI and vowed to get rid of it. Trump was right: there is a lingering stench of political bias in the FBI and Justice Department, and both need to be cleaned out of the people who have destroyed the public’s trust […]

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Sabotaging Trump on Iran’s Behalf

 

Just two weeks shy of 77 years after Neville Chamberlain returned from his Munich meeting with Adolf Hitler, waving an agreement he said guaranteed “peace for our time,” then-president Barack Obama proclaimed that his new deal with Iran would block “every pathway” Iran had to obtain nuclear weapons. Called the “Joint Cooperative Plan of Action” […]

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The Third Quagmire

 

Tomorrow is the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. We have been in Afghanistan since a month after the 9/11 attacks that emanated from there with the help of its Taliban government. Our forces, and those of our allies, soon drove the Taliban out of Kabul, but the Taliban have never been […]

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The New Marshal in Town

 

The “what if?” questions of fact and fiction fascinate authors. Any good “what if” is enough to cause a writer to drift off into an hour-long reverie. What if Sherlock Holmes hunted Jack the Ripper? What if Hitler had not invaded Russia in 1941 and invaded England instead? And what if George Armstrong Custer didn’t […]

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Europe’s Quislings Unmasked

 

One of President Trump’s overlooked achievements is the unmasking of our false allies in Europe. The governing elite of Europe — the same people who lead the most powerful members of both the European Union and NATO — so intensely and personally dislike Trump they no longer pretend to respect his pro-American policies. Their rebellion […]

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John McCain: War Hero, Conservative Apostate

 

The man who loved the label of political maverick, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, died on Saturday, a few days shy of his 82nd birthday. McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma — the same brain cancer that killed his friend, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) — last summer. His life was […]

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