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.

Iran-Israel War

Why Iran Doesn’t Attack

 

For more than a year, Iran has been building permanent military bases in Syria close to the Israeli border. Since the first reports of this activity were published in November 2017, Israel has made it clear that it would not permit the Iranians to do so because the threat to Israel is far too great. […]

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Trump’s Syria Smackdown

 

A year ago, President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase which had launched a chemical weapons attack on civilians. He drew a clear red line against the use of such weapons and — entirely unlike former president Obama who had declared a similar red line against the use of those weapons […]

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Troops on the Border

 

If anyone isn’t frustrated with Congress, they’re not paying attention. President Trump’s frustration with its failure to act on immigration and on building his border wall — the most central promise of his campaign — resulted in his declaration last week that National Guard troops will be stationed on our southern border until the wall […]

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The Kim-Xi Ferment

 

Shrouded in secrecy, hidden in an armored train, Kim Jong Un left North Korea for the first time since taking over its hereditary dictatorship, summoned to Beijing for talks with Chinese president-for-life Xi Jinping. Their three-day meetings began on March 25. Kim had obviously been ordered to Beijing to receive instructions on what he should […]

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Never Say Never Again

 

One of the first rules of politics is to never say never and always avoid the word “always.” President Trump violated that rule when he signed the new omnibus $1.3 trillion spending bill last week. The president said, “There are a lot of things I’m unhappy about in this bill.” He vowed to “never sign […]

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Putin’s Death Squads

 

Murder is a common tool of dictators and despots. They order people to be killed to suppress dissent, to punish opponents, and sometimes for sport. But we know of only two — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Russian president-for-life Vladimir Putin — who have used chemical weapons to assassinate individuals. The only difference […]

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No North Korea Talks Without Preconditions

 

On Thursday, when President Trump accepted North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s invitation to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the South Koreans and the Japanese all claimed to be surprised. Neither we nor they should have been. Last December Tillerson begged the North Koreans to negotiate with us. […]

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Sanguinary School Days

 

America’s most precious assets are our children and our freedoms. We don’t have to sacrifice either to preserve the other, a fact that is entirely lost on all of the politicians, businessmen, and celebrities who are shouting and screaming about various “solutions” to the horrific problem of school shootings. The solutions being thrown around range […]

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Worse Than Watergate: Part 3 — The Schiff Memo

 

On Saturday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released his memorandum in an attempt to rebut the Republican memorandum that HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) released on February 2. As I wrote on February 5, the Nunes memo describes the FBI’s and the Department of Justice’s abuses […]

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Mueller Indicts the Cold War

 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Friday indictment of three Russian organizations and thirteen Russian individuals is an interesting but futile exercise. For all his time and expense Mueller might as well have indicted Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev. The indictment is interesting because it lays out a strategy that the Russian government pursued successfully to interfere […]

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