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.

Admiral Harris: Be Very Afraid of North Korea

 

Despite the fact that North Korea proclaimed that war with the United States is “imminent,” the world probably won’t explode next week. Then again, it might. By all reports, Pacific Command commander Admiral Harry Harris is a cool-headed warrior, not someone given to shouting that the sky is falling. (A Japanese-American, his appointment as PACOM […]

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How Will Trump Deal With Iran?

 

For the next month, the media is going to busy itself with grading President Donald Trump’s performance by the meaningless standard of how much he accomplished in his first 100 days in office. The standard is made doubly meaningless by the fact that Mr. Trump is not anchored to any ideology against which progress can […]

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What Can Trump Do About North Korea?

 

When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the White House earlier this month, President Trump offered him better trade relations in return for China’s help in stopping North Korea’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs. Mr. Trump believes China will do what he wishes. Yesterday morning — referring to his campaign promise to label China as […]

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Trump Strikes Syria: Now What?

 

President Trump’s cruise missile strike on Syria last Thursday night is being thoroughly misread at home and abroad. That’s entirely understandable, because the president apparently has no coherent strategy or policy that he’s trying to implement. There was no attack on America that preceded the missile strike, necessitating a military response. The Assad regime’s forces […]

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Fear and Loathing in Brussels

 

Brussels, Belgium, hasn’t been a stage for leonine courage since King Albert I  decided to fight rather than surrender to the German onslaught of August 1914. When the United Kingdom served divorce papers on the EU last Wednesday, the reactions from the European Union’s chieftains and its members’ heads of state were a combination of […]

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Spy vs. Spy vs. Trump

 

Last week’s Obamacare debacle has cost the president a lot of political capital. It has also hugely increased the importance of his campaign promises (including the repeal of Obamacare) and made it harder for him to deal with other political crises. One of those crises is getting bigger by the day. It’s the mess of […]

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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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