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.

Send Them to Gitmo, Mr. President

 

One of Barack Obama’s first acts as president was to sign an executive order mandating that the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba be closed. Obama insisted that the Guantanamo Bay facility — Gitmo — was an important recruiting tool for terrorists. When Obama left office, Gitmo was still open, housing about forty-one terrorists […]

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Singing a Hwasong

 

North Korea reached a milestone on the Fourth of July by launching its first ICBM, the “Hwasong-14.” Fired on a steep trajectory the missile flew for almost forty minutes before coming down about 800 miles from the launch pad. On a shallower trajectory, it could have reached Alaska. The launch was accompanied, as usual, by […]

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NATO and Cyberwar: Will Britain Invoke Article 5?

 

On November 19, 1919, Congress rejected the Versailles Treaty ending World War I and with it the charter of the League of Nations which was a key part of it. Principal among the reasons for the treaty’s rejection was a provision that committed the United States, along with the other members of the League, to […]

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Birth of a New Persian Empire

 

The United States is gradually being drawn into the war in Syria. That war began as a conflict in which we had no national security interest. That changed because two of our principal adversaries, Russia and Iran, took over that war, making the conflict much larger than just a civil war against the terrorist regime […]

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Mattis the Decider

 

Facing demands to fire Donald Rumsfeld, his secretary of defense, in early 2006 President George W. Bush told the press, “I hear the voices and I read the front page and I hear the speculation. But I’m the decider, and I decide what’s best.” He decided that Rumsfeld would stay at that point. Last Tuesday, […]

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The Mess in Qatar

 

About a week ago, four Arab countries — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates — declared an economic embargo on a fifth, Qatar, saying that Qatar’s support for terrorist groups was too great for them to tolerate. Anyone who isn’t confused by the response to the embargo by American policymakers just hasn’t […]

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A Major Moment of Presidential Statesmanship

 

As Rick told Ilsa, they’ll always have Paris. But the global warming hysterics won’t, thanks to the wonderfully devastating action taken by President Donald Trump last week. As promised in his campaign, Trump announced America would call it quits with Obama’s 2016 signing of the Paris agreement on “climate change.” Condemnations of the president came […]

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Trump’s Two-Bagger

 

At Sigonella Naval Air Station in Italy, his last stop on his first foreign trip, President Trump declared the trip a “home run.” At best, it was a stand-up double. Even that’s a generous grade, given the point at which he begins. American diplomacy and international influence has reached its lowest point since 1914, because […]

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Trump’s Middle Eastern Tour

 

The day before President Trump landed in Saudi Arabia on his first presidential visit abroad Secretary of Defense James Mattis declared that we were not intending just to defeat ISIS in Syria. President Trump, Mattis said, had authorized the military to conduct the campaign without political micromanagement. Mattis described our objective in the anti-ISIS campaign […]

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Trump’s Intelligence Braggadocio

 

According to an afternoon report in the Washington Post on May 15, President Trump disclosed highly classified intelligence information to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and its U.S. ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in a May 10 meeting. The article said that Trump wanted to impress the Russians about the intelligence information we can get and in […]

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