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.

The Sick Thug of Europe

 

Turkey was once the heart of the Ottoman Empire, an Islamic caliphate that included Hungary, the Balkans, Greece, and much of the Middle East. In the years leading up to World War One, the Ottoman Empire was known as the “sick man of Europe” because its decay and decline were plain for all to see. […]

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Enemies of the People?

 

President Trump has taken to calling the media the “enemy of the people,” which has a slight Soviet ring to it. The behavior of the media since Trump’s 2016 campaign began has been shameful, but Trump’s remark — which has a considerable number of facts behind it — is far off base. Trump’s front-page feud […]

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Ankara Angst, Trump’s Peace Plan, and the New York Times in Space

 

We’re being deprived of the summer doldrums by the tumult around caused us by such things as Bob Mueller’s endless investigation and cutie pie Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s imitations of Joe Biden’s malapropisms. Instead of dwelling on those things, we need to think about a lot of world events that are of real importance. There are too […]

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What Happens After Helsinki?

 

In a Friday interview President Trump repeated that for him to have a good relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin “…is a positive, not a negative.” He added that if things don’t work out he’d be the worst enemy Putin ever had. Just what “things” was Trump referring to? When and how are they supposed […]

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More Potemkin Indictments From Helsinki’s Would-Be Saboteurs

 

On Friday — three days before today’s summit meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin — the boss of Team Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, announced that a dozen Russian intelligence officers had been indicted on charges relating to Russia’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 election. These Potemkin indictments could have been […]

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NATO Gamesmanship: Should We Bring Our Troops Home?

 

President Trump doesn’t think much of our NATO allies. In the 2016 campaign, he called NATO — among other things — “obsolete” and said that he’d bring a lot of our troops home from NATO nations. Almost two weeks ago, in preparation for the NATO summit this week, Trump sent the NATO leaders a letter […]

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Trump’s July Diplomacy

 

President Trump is in for a busy month of diplomacy. First, he’ll head to Brussels for a July 11-12 meeting with NATO heads of state and then travel to Helsinki for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the 16th. Meetings such as these succeed or fail depending on which side has set the […]

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Angela Crashes

 

Since 2005, sitting atop Europe’s strongest economy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has led her nation and the European Union. Upon the advent of President Trump’s term in office, the media quickly proclaimed her the new leader of the free world. Mrs. Merkel’s power is not just derivative of Germany’s but also of her dedication to […]

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The Augean Stables on Pennsylvania Avenue

 

Political spinning about the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s report that came out last Thursday is all about shiny bits and pieces of the report. It misses the events outside the report’s four corners that magnify its importance tenfold. Let’s pull back on the stick, gain some altitude, and examine some of the more important […]

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Another Big Obama Lie

 

The periodic revelations of scandalous behavior, usually to the detriment of our national security, provide needed remedial courses in the legacy of Barack Obama. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations’ report last week, showing how Team Obama lied to Congress about money going to Iran for the 2015 nuclear weapons deal, is more instructive than […]

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