Magazine July 9, 2012, Issue

The 51st Star

Jeane Kirkpatrick in a Think Thank with Ben Wattenberg interview (American Enterprise Institute/via YouTube)
Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick, by Peter Collier (Encounter, 368 pp., $25.99)

William F. Buckley Jr. said of Jeane Kirkpatrick, “She ought to be woven into the flag as the 51st star.” When I was introduced to Kirkpatrick, I quoted this remark. She said, “That was the nicest thing anybody has ever said about me.” I said, “It’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said about anybody.”

She was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during President Reagan’s first term. But she was much more than that: She stood for a point of view. This view was anti-Communist, pro-American, pro-West. She was the kind of Democrat who was mortified by American weakness abroad

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