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.

Macron Auditions for Merkel’s Role


German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s thirteen-year reign over Germany — and thus the European Union — is almost over. Since the Trump presidency became fact, Merkel has been referred to in the European press as the “leader of the free world.” But now she’s about to lose the leadership of her own party and her chancellorship […]

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Birthright and the Angry Election


President Trump wants tomorrow’s election to be about the “caravan” of asylum seekers coming to the U.S. through Mexico and the false accusations made against Justice Brett Kavanaugh in his confirmation proceedings. A lot of people are angry about those things. For the Democrats, this election is all about anger: anger at Trump for beating […]

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Rod Rosenstein

The Stench Still Lingers


Addressing a Missouri rally last month, President Trump praised the people of the FBI and Justice Department, saying many of the bad ones — inferentially James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and others — had been fired. Trump said, “But we had some real bad ones — you see what’s happened at the FBI, they’re all gone, […]

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An Election Amid the Shooting


There are many places to look for evidence of how the war in Afghanistan is going. Some are even in Afghanistan. On 18 October, a Taliban attacker penetrated a provincial governor’s compound where top U.S. commanders and Afghan security leaders were conferring about security for the parliamentary elections the following weekend. The group was, for […]

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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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