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.

Trump’s Inaugural SGO — Turkey, Syria, Norks and More

 

Now that our national nightmare — the perennial presidential horse-race — is interrupted, we have entered the two-year period in our four-year election cycle when we can actually deal with the realities beyond the media’s nose. There’s a lot of SGO for President Trump to deal with and think about. Most of it is already […]

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T-Rex Stumbles on the Nine-Dash Line

 

Parading through their confirmation hearings, President-elect Trump’s nominees for the highest cabinet positions proved their minds somewhat independent of his. Which, of course, led to headlines like the one in Financial Times that said, “Clash of views in Trump cabinet sets stage for policy confusion.” Differences aplenty there were but mostly in contradiction of Trump’s […]

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Restoring America’s Defenses: A Memo to the President-Elect

 

TO: President-elect Donald Trump Secretary of Defense (nominee) Gen. James Mattis National Security Advisor (designee) Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn CC: Director of Central Intelligence (nominee) Cong. Mike Pompeo Director of National Intelligence (nominee) Sen. Dan Coates SUBJECT: Restoring America’s Defenses Americans pay little attention to the war in which we are engaged for several reasons, first […]

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Obama’s Next ‘Last’ Betrayal

 

Last week many of us ink-stained wretches proclaimed Obama’s abstention in the vote on the December 23 anti-Israel UN resolution his last betrayal of our only real ally in the Middle East. We were wrong. Obama isn’t done yet. Obama is going to use his last three weeks in office to damage Israel in at […]

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2016 Is Over, At Last

 

If you kept your sanity through 2016, you either paid no attention to the presidential campaign or you were heavily medicated throughout the year. January began badly, and it just went down from there, at least until November. January Having been invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, about 1.1 million “refugees” purportedly from Syria had […]

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Perfidious Obama’s Last Betrayal

 

My college roommate Ed Atkins and I were commissioned second lieutenants in the US Air Force the day before we graduated in June 1970. My eyes were lousy and Ed’s weren’t, so our paths diverged. I went to law school and he went to flight school, the lucky dog. After all, the mission of the […]

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The Bounties of Obama’s Weakness

 

I hate the word “hacking.” It’s too vague, too innocent and wholly inadequate to describe how nations, terrorist networks, and others conduct espionage and sabotage by intercepting and manipulating supposedly secure communications transmitted on the internet. The more accurate term is cyberwar. Russian cyberwar may have been the cause of the cyber intrusions that leaked […]

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The King of Fake News

 

Last week, Hillary Clinton told Congress that an epidemic of “fake news and false propaganda” had flooded social media. She said, “This is not about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk, lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities,” Clinton said. “It is […]

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Trump-Style Diplomacy

 

For all the maneuvering, scheming, pleading, and plotting to influence who president-elect Trump names as our next secretary of state, it’s probably not going to matter much. The simple reason for that is that Trump is his own messenger, and whoever he chooses to be our chief diplomat may not be much more than a […]

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Obama’s Leftovers

 

Thanksgiving is four days behind us, which means the leftovers have either been eaten or are ready for the trash. Fifty-three days from now, when Barack Obama finally relinquishes the presidency, he will leave a whole table full of leftovers that our next president will find a lot harder to consume or dispose of. The […]

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