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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

Boris Johnson and leaders of the free world illustration by Greg Groesch / The Washington Times

Boris Johnson: Leader of the free world

A recent cartoon showed a flying saucer on a suburban street with a googly-eyed space alien asking a man to "take me to your leader." To which the man replied, "You've come at a bad time." Published May 26, 2022

China and Russia: Putin’s pal, Chinese President Xi Jinping Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Xi Jinping: Vladimir Putin’s silent partner

In Beijing on Feb. 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin stood beside Chinese President Xi Jinping to celebrate the opening day of the Chinese Winter Olympics and to announce a new strategic partnership between the two regimes. Published April 23, 2022

Biden's weakened America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Biden sabotages America’s deterrence strategy

Deterrence -- America's principal defense strategy -- is intended to discourage an attack on us or our allies by threatening unbearable consequences for the attacker. Published April 9, 2022

Illustration on a new world order where Russia and China dominate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Putin and Xi New World Order

President Biden is correct in stating that a new world order is emerging, but it has nothing to do with that which he envisions. With his assistance, the "new world order" is going to be dominated by Russia and China. Published March 25, 2022

Illustration on Putin's mental state by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Has Putin gone crazy?

Liberals believe that a decision to make war is unthinkable, unfathomable and, thus, irrational. Thus, the media is peddling a narrative that Russian President Vladimir Putin is crazy. Published March 2, 2022

Illustration on the Biden and the Afghanistan debacle by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Biden’s recurring Afghanistan nightmare

President Biden would love to forget Afghanistan and the many bad decisions he and his team made. Unfortunately for him, the facts -- and his failures in that debacle -- keep coming back to bite him. Published February 22, 2022

Illustration on Biden's Iran nuke deal efforts by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Biden’s Iran team falls apart

During his 2020 campaign and since President Biden has been obsessed with a renewal of former President Barack Obama's 2015 nuclear weapons deal with Iran. Published February 5, 2022

Illustration on Biden's second year of foreign policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Biden’s second year of foreign policy

The prospects for President Biden's success in pursuit of his foreign and national security policies in the coming year are bleak at best. Published January 6, 2022

George Worthington Portrait by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

George R. Worthington: A quiet warrior passes

The word 'hero' is greatly overused these days. A hero is a person who exhibits extraordinary bravery, putting himself in danger to save others' lives. Published December 27, 2021

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Is Russia about to invade Ukraine?

For the third time in less than two years, Russia is engaged in a massive buildup of its military forces along its border with Ukraine. Published December 11, 2021

Illustration on the China threat by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

U.S. sleepwalking in China’s shadow

Twice in the last three months, President Joe Biden has said that America would defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack. His staff quickly corrected him on both occasions. Published November 11, 2021

Illustration on U. S. intelligence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why is U.S. Intelligence so expensive and ineffective?

On October 20, the Financial Times reported that two Chinese test launches of hypersonic nuclear-capable weapons "...stunned the Pentagon and US intelligence because China managed to demonstrate a brand new weapons capability." Published November 1, 2021

Defending Taiwan from China Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Should the United States defend Taiwan?

For decades, China's bellicosity toward Taiwan has risen and fallen with the political tides in China, Taiwan, and the U.S. Published October 18, 2021