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 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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Eight Days to Singapore


One week from tomorrow, President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet in Singapore to discuss whether and how North Korea will be disarmed of nuclear weapons. The operative term is “scheduled,” because even at this late date, while staffers are scrambling to put the summit meeting together, it could […]

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Obama’s Guilty Contentment


Last week, former president Barack Obama said, “I didn’t have scandals, which seems like it shouldn’t be something you brag about.” He added, “”if you look at the history of the modern presidency, coming out of the modern presidency without anybody going to jail is really good. It’s a big deal.” When he made those […]

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Trump Dumps the Deal


In the most important national security and foreign policy decision of his presidency to date, President Trump announced Wednesday that America was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear weapons deal that former president Obama entered into with Iran, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany. President Trump’s withdrawal from the deal went against the fervent advice he’d […]

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Time to Shut Mueller Down


This column has, to date, not analyzed the manifest problems with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump for two reasons. First, because it fell outside my national security/foreign policy strike zone. Second, because many others — especially my friend Andy McCarthy of National Review Online and Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal — have […]

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Angela Goes on the Defensive


After all the pomp and circumstance made of French President Emmanuel Macron’s White House visit last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit passed almost unnoticed. Mrs. Merkel, like Mr. Macron, came to lobby President Trump not to revoke the Obama nuclear weapons deal with Iran. Mrs. Merkel’s agenda also included persuading the president not to […]

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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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