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Jed Babbin

Jed Babbin

Jed Babbin is a national security and foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Times and contributing editor for The American Spectator.  

Mr. Babbin is a native of New York City. He began his career as an Air Force judge advocate in 1973. He spent almost three decades in the practice of law as well as in positions including deputy undersecretary of defense during the George H. W. Bush administration. 

Mr. Babbin is the author of “In the Words of Our Enemies,” (Regnery 2007), “Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and Old Europe are Worse than You Think,” (Regnery 2004) and “Showdown: Why China Wants War with the United States,” (with Edward Timperlake, Regnery, 2006.) He co-authored The BDS War Against Israel,” (with Herbert London, LCPR, 2014), “The Sunni Vanguard,” (with Herbert London and David Goldman, LCPR 2014) and, “The Encyclopedia of Militant Islam,” (with Bryan Griffin and Herbert London, LCPR 2016). He wrote the military adventure novel, Legacy of Valor. (Pentland Press, 2000). 

Mr. Babbin served as editor of Human Events, the oldest conservative journal in the United States, from 2007-2010. He has also written for The Washington Examiner, The Weekly Standard and National Review Online. 

Mr. Babbin is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Engineering, 1970), Cumberland School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1973) and the Georgetown University Law School (Master of Laws, 1978).

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Columns by Jed Babbin

Illustration on China's help in a new Saudi/Iran agreement by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China’s Saudi-Iran gambit

In one critical stroke, China has established itself as a major player in the Middle East, derailed a strategic objective of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and caught President Biden flat-footed. Published March 18, 2023

Illustration on forces in the Ukraine war by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Will Putin survive his Ukraine war?

Russian ruler Vladimir Putin staged a celebration on Feb. 24, the Ukraine invasion's anniversary. The televised event included kidnapped Ukrainian teenagers from Mariupol paraded to thank Russian troops for saving them. Published March 3, 2023

Biden and illegal immigration at southern border Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Biden’s border baloney

Three events over the past two weeks should focus Americans on how President Biden is making the national security crisis on our southern border worse. Published January 13, 2023

Illustration on Biden and national defense by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Two tough years with Biden ahead

In 2014, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that then-Vice President Joe Biden had been wrong on nearly every issue of foreign policy and national security for four decades. Published January 2, 2023

Illustration on the China threat to U. S. satellites by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Will China knock out America’s satellites?

The biggest strategic and tactical advantages we have over our adversaries are probably the enormous capabilities that our hundreds of military and intelligence satellites provide. Published December 17, 2022

Illustration on Biden and the Palestinians by Greg Groesch/ The Washington Times

Biden adopts the Palestinian cause

President Biden inherited a Middle East that posed the greatest opportunities for stability, if not peace, in almost six decades. Published December 3, 2022

Avoiding World War III in Ukraine war Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Cracks in America’s support for Ukraine

President Biden's only praiseworthy action in the realms of national security and foreign policy has been his support for Ukraine in its resistance to Russia's invasion. Published November 22, 2022

Illustration on the U.S. defense of Taiwan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Will Biden defend Taiwan?

On four separate occasions since he took office, President Biden has said he would defend Taiwan. Published November 8, 2022

American soldiers salute. US Army. Photo credit Bumble Dee via Shutterstock.

Drills, drones and deterrence

Military exercises between the United States and its allies' forces have always had two purposes: first, to train with our allies so we can fight better together, and second, to show our adversaries some of our deterrent forces. Published October 21, 2022

Illustration on Iranian protests by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Are Iran’s protesters revolutionaries?

Since 2009, several waves of riots and near-revolutions have consumed Iran. A few, like the 2009 "Green Revolution," weren't revolutions at all. This time the protests seem very different. Published October 10, 2022

Putin going nuclear in Ukraine Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Will Putin nuke Ukraine?

The Ukrainian army's counter-offensive in the northeast and southeast corners of its nation began on September 5 and has been effective beyond its hopes and those of its allies. Published September 21, 2022

Biden's Iran Nuke Deal Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Biden still courting Iran

Since he became president seventeen months ago, Joe Biden has worked relentlessly to undo everything former President Donald Trump had done and virtually every aspect of American prosperity and strength. Published August 26, 2022

Illustration on Russia and neighbors attacking internationally by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Is Russia a terrorist state?

A friend of mine, a retired Marine colonel, has spent the past few months in Ukraine, observing the horrors inflicted on the Ukrainian people by Russian troops. Published August 15, 2022

China Cyber Attack Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Biden’s foreign policy weaknesses

Both we and the Soviets understood the rules of the Cold War road. Espionage, as well as subornation of our allies, people and politicians, were the norm but military action was a rarity. Published July 16, 2022

Illustration on Julian Assange by Greg Groesch/The Washington times

The media’s Julian Assange problem

Under the First Amendment, the U.S. government cannot legally prevent legitimate journalists from publishing our government's most closely held secrets. But who is a legitimate journalist? Published July 4, 2022