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 Drone Epidemic

 

Drones — remotely-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — come in any number of sizes and configurations. Some are weapons of war, such as the MQ-9 Reaper, whose pilots have killed hundreds of terrorists in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. The MQ-9 has a 66-foot wingspan and is 36 feet long. Some are toys like […]

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Trump’s Iran Pretensions

 

On Friday, President Trump announced that he’d not revoke Mr. Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran. Twice in 2017 he certified Iran’s continued compliance with the deal and in October refused to do so but still didn’t revoke the deal. The president’s statement said, “I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only […]

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The FBI Takes a Mulligan

 

Last week the FBI announced that it was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private unsecured email system while she was secretary of state and separately reviving the investigation into possibly illegal actions by her and her staff related to donations to the Clinton Foundation in those same years. It’s no wonder […]

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Predictions for 2018

 

Cynics and pessimists are annoying because they’re usually right. 2018 will be a very good year for them. If we look ahead, through an appropriately jaundiced eye, we can see a year filled with crises unresolved, political maelstroms and too much unaccomplished. In short, a pretty normal year. Let’s start with the obvious. The media, […]

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Dredging Turtle Bay, Another Swamp Just Begging to Be Drained

 

There is never enough time or space to mock the United Nations adequately. Almost since the moment it was created the UN’s principal purpose has been to provide a forum for the dictators, despots, rogues, and terrorists to bash the United States, to vote to condemn America or Israel — or both — without fear […]

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Desperation Diplomacy

 

By the spring of 1968, President Lyndon Johnson was desperate to end the Vietnam War. His desperation was displayed for all the world in the peace talks that began that year. The Paris peace talks to end the war began in early May 1968 and hit an immediate snag. South Vietnamese President Nguyen Cao Ky […]

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Brexit of Champions, Part Deux

 

By any sensible political calculation, British Prime Minister Theresa May should have been tossed out of office months ago but two important facts keep her there. First, Mrs. May is the Conservative Party’s sacrificial lamb on the altar of Brexit, the process by which the United Kingdom is divorcing the European Union and — it […]

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Good and Bad Guys Running Out of Options

 

The competition between nations, religions, and cultures results in what we call history. History’s course is often changed by nations and non-state actors who run out of options. The North Koreans’ latest missile launch and the effect on the Palestinians of the rumored plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to […]

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Prosecuting Bush

 

Hundreds of U.S. laws require that various executive agencies certify to Congress that something is happening (or isn’t). Certifications go hand in hand with reports to Congress that go forever unread. Some certifications are supposed to be significant, such as the one President Trump refused to sign that Iran was complying with its obligations under […]

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Scoring Trump in Asia: A Few Hits and One Big Error

 

On President Trump’s twelve-day Asia trip he visited South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, met with those nations’ leaders and — at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam — with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump and the leaders he met with made a lot of news but it was shoved to […]

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