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.

Erdogan’s Caliphate Threatens NATO

 

Among NATO’s most serious problems is Recip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. He is more than a political nuisance, because he threatens both the commitment of NATO’s members to defend each other and the Westernized composition of the nation he leads. In the last half of the 19th century, under the Ottoman Empire’s last caliph […]

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Where’s the Trump Doctrine?

 

Tomorrow, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet face-to-face with President Trump for the first time, each to take the other’s measure. Mr. Trump has previously criticized Mrs. Merkel for her open-door immigration policy and, by implication in his criticism of NATO, for Germany’s paltry defense spending. Mrs. Merkel, the European press says, is on the […]

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THAAD-Derangement Syndrome — Welcome to North Korea

 

The timing was pretty good. On Tuesday, less than two days after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles toward Japan (which dropped into the ocean), U.S. Air Force aircraft landed at Osan Air Base in South Korea, delivering the first parts of the Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense (“THAAD”) system for deployment there. The Norks described […]

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$54 Billion Is Chump Change

 

In his February 28 speech to a joint session of Congress, President Trump proposed a $54 billion increase in the Pentagon budget for FY 2018, amounting to about a ten percent increase over this year’s budget. He also proposed to do away with the budget “sequester” mechanism imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. […]

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Iran and Russia Playing in the Fire

 

Early Friday morning, President Trump tweeted, “Iran is playing with fire — they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!” Earlier in the week, both the president and National Security Advisor Mike Flynn said they were putting Iran “on notice,” without defining what that notice meant. Mr. Trump likes to keep […]

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Trump’s First Week Blitz

 

President Trump spent his first week in office living up to campaign promises. In a tsunami of executive orders and conversations with foreign leaders he did, as he said in his first weekly address, “hit the ground running.” In his first week, Mr. Trump: Began to cut the legs out of Obamacare; Started the process […]

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Trump’s Inaugural SGO — Turkey, Syria, Norks and More

 

Now that our national nightmare — the perennial presidential horse-race — is interrupted, we have entered the two-year period in our four-year election cycle when we can actually deal with the realities beyond the media’s nose. There’s a lot of SGO for President Trump to deal with and think about. Most of it is already […]

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T-Rex Stumbles on the Nine-Dash Line

 

Parading through their confirmation hearings, President-elect Trump’s nominees for the highest cabinet positions proved their minds somewhat independent of his. Which, of course, led to headlines like the one in Financial Times that said, “Clash of views in Trump cabinet sets stage for policy confusion.” Differences aplenty there were but mostly in contradiction of Trump’s […]

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Restoring America’s Defenses: A Memo to the President-Elect

 

TO: President-elect Donald Trump Secretary of Defense (nominee) Gen. James Mattis National Security Advisor (designee) Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn CC: Director of Central Intelligence (nominee) Cong. Mike Pompeo Director of National Intelligence (nominee) Sen. Dan Coates SUBJECT: Restoring America’s Defenses Americans pay little attention to the war in which we are engaged for several reasons, first […]

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Obama’s Next ‘Last’ Betrayal

 

Last week many of us ink-stained wretches proclaimed Obama’s abstention in the vote on the December 23 anti-Israel UN resolution his last betrayal of our only real ally in the Middle East. We were wrong. Obama isn’t done yet. Obama is going to use his last three weeks in office to damage Israel in at […]

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