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President George H. W. Bush greets U.S. troops in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, November 22, 1990. (Terry Bochatey / Reuters)
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Editor’s Note: Below is an expanded version of a piece published in the current issue of National Review.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F or as long as anyone can remember, conservatives have been labeled “warmongers.” Gore Vidal called William F. Buckley Jr. “the leading warmonger in the United States.” Reagan was called a “warmonger” every day, as was Goldwater before him.

Bella Abzug, the radical congresswoman from New York, was a little more creative. She accused Reagan of conducting a “Rambo-Bonzo foreign policy.” (John Rambo was an action hero; Bonzo was the chimp in a Reagan movie, from 1951.)

John Bolton is a veteran Reaganite, and Goldwaterite, for

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