John Tabin

John Tabin is a frequent contributor to The American Spectator online.

Close the Open Primary

 

Manchester, NH What is the point of the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary? Usually the answer to that goes something like this: Starting the process of campaigning in small states like Iowa and New Hampshire subjects would-be presidents to voters’ up-close-and-personal scrutiny. A significant percentage of voters get to meet, question, and carefully assess the candidates. […]

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A Tribute to Seymour Tabin, 1918-2015

 

My grandfather was born in a dangerous world. It was 1918, the First World War was raging, and the Spanish flu pandemic was claiming lives by the tens of millions. But he was armed with his keen intelligence and the values instilled by his hard-working immigrant parents. He excelled academically and went to college. He […]

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Iran Sanctions Back From The Dead?

 

As I wrote yesterday, there is no Iran deal, and the reason the Obama administration is pretending otherwise is to stop legislation that would trigger sanctions absent an actual deal in June — and it seemed to be working, inasmuch as Senator Mark Kirk had said that his bill to do just that was now […]

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Obama’s Non-Deal Deal With Iran

 

Have you heard? We have a deal with Iran, and it’s the best thing ever. President Obama last week hailed “a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives,” and his cheerleaders were even more effusive: “The Iran nuclear deal is a historic achievement for U.S. national security,” declared Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares […]

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Netanyahu’s Nailbiter

 

TEL AVIV — Exit polls in the Israeli election show Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s Likud tied or one seat ahead of Isaac “Buji” Herzog’s Zionist Union, a merger of Labor and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah party. The polls appear to have broken to Likud at the expense of the smaller rightwing parties. It’s good news […]

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Obama vs. Reality, Syria Edition

 

Obama, last night: American diplomacy, backed by the threat of force, is why Syria’s chemical weapons are being eliminated. Reuters, this morning: Syria has given up less than five percent of its chemical weapons arsenal and will miss next week’s deadline to send all toxic agents abroad for destruction, sources familiar with the matter said […]

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Good Copping Iran

 

In the wee hours of Sunday morning — after 3 a.m. Geneva time — an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program was struck between the Islamic Republic and the so-called P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN security council plus Germany, Iran’s most important trading partner). Iran is getting billions of dollars in sanctions […]

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An Alternate History of the Syrian Civil War

 

Regarding my analysis of Syria, I didn’t want to go off on a long tangent in the piece itself, but it’s worth addressing an objection that I anticipated (and have in fact gotten) from both opponents of intervention and advocates of aiding whichever side is losing: The argument that it’s naive to think there was ever a […]

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Green Flags, Yellow Flags, and Black Flags

 

When civil war broke out in Syria, the good guys were easy to spot: They were the soldiers who deserted Bashar Assad’s military after refusing orders to fire on peaceful protesters. But while orders to commit war crimes are as legitimate as any casus belli for armed insurrection, they don’t make for much of a […]

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Consternated Conferences

 

IN MOST YEARS, there is fairly little in common between the Conservative Political Action Conference and the annual confab held by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. 
CPAC hosts a kaleidoscope of factions openly contesting the meaning of conservatism; AIPAC’s only ideology is Zionism, and any disagreement over its meaning is muted. CPAC is all […]

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