Friday, December 08, 2006

Dr. Jeane Kirkpatrick, R.I.P.

I had the privilege of meeting Ambassador Kirkpatrick while interning on the Hill during the summer of 1984, at a speech she gave for Hill interns. A great teacher, spokesman for the United States, and incisive analyst.

I mourn her loss, and am thankful for her statesmanship. Her "Dictatorships and Double Standards" was required reading in the final days of the Cold War.


1 comment:

Rick Sincere said...

I, too, had the privilege of meeting Professor Kirkpatrick on more than one occasion. She was also the commencement speaker at my college graduation. (I blogged about that last May, and marked her passing last week, as well.)

Jeane Kirkpatrick was a discerning political analyst, as was evident in this excerpt from an interview she did in the Washington Times on May 15, 2006:

<< Like other conservative intellectuals torn between their sense of moral propriety and their rejection of meddling government, Mr. Kirkpatrick is conflicted about a constitutional ban on homosexual "marriage."

"Look, I am a serious Christian. I attend a conservative Presbyterian Church," she says. "I was raised as a Baptist. No, I don't favor the constitutional amendment." >>

No wonder you admire her so, James.