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 …