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-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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Back to Reality

 

One of the worst legacies of the Clinton era is the never-ending presidential campaign. In practical terms it means that for at least two out of every four years, America pays attention to little else and flatly ignores the most important goings on around the world. Only a major war or financial crisis is allowed […]

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Nuke ’Em: Priming the Senate for Necessary Action

 

If you’re puzzled by the conflict between the Democrats’ proclamations that they’re willing to give President-elect Trump a chance and the many riots against Trump taking place every night since the election, don’t be. The fact that none of the Dems’ leadership from Hillary Clinton on down have asked for calm and condemned the rioting […]

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Clinton’s River of Corruption

 

Like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Illinois’s Big Muddy River carries its detritus downstream. It picks up about seven other tributaries, including the Arkansas and White Rivers that brought us Bill Clinton to form the wide Mississippi. If you think in those terms and consider how wide and powerful the Mississippi is, you may be […]

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G-Men, Hillary, and the Pervert

 

Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner suffers from a mental illness that compels him to send sexually explicit emails and text messages to women who aren’t his wife. The fact that his wife is Hillary Clinton’s “body woman” — her constant companion and closest confidante — has resulted in FBI Director James Comey restarting the mismanaged […]

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As the World Burns

 

Returning from a short spell in Spain last week, I found that some aspects of the news actually seemed positive. Alas, those positives were opposed in every case by some awful facts. Just before our return, President Obama lifted part of the ban on importing Cuban goods, his latest executive order allowing Americans returning from […]

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Obama’s Blinkered Generals   

 

Obama’s generals are drafting a new National Military Strategy in the hope of imposing it on whoever succeeds him in office. It is President Obama’s final attempt to prevent military strategists from connecting the most dangerous terrorist networks to the Islamic ideology that motivates, guides, and binds them all. Since his 2009 inauguration, Obama has […]

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Debating the SGO

 

Tonight the doyenne of deceit and the syncopated clock of Republicanism will debate in what is likely to be the most-watched television event ever staged. Over one hundred million people around the world are expected to be in the audience. Most people will watch it the same way that many fans of NASCAR watch a […]

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They Only Blame America

 

Having inflicted so many bad decisions and wrong-headed policies on our nation’s security, you might think that President Obama and his team would be content to rest on their depredations. But they are ideologues, which means they never tire of doing their best to do the worst. Their ideology was first defined by the late […]

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