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Jeane Kirkpatrick has Died

This just broke on Fox. Kirkpatrick was United States Representative to the UN under Ronald Reagan.

Update: Here's the AP report via Forbes:

Former U.N. Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a one-time Democrat who switched to the Republican Party and warmly embraced Reagan era conservatism, has died. She was 80.


Kirkpatrick's death was announced Friday at the senior staff meeting of the U.S. mission to the United Nations, said spokesman Richard Grenell, who said that Ambassador John Bolton asked for a moment of silence. An announcement of her death also was posted on the Web site of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-oriented think tank here where she was a senior fellow.

Kirkpatrick's assistant, Andrea Harrington, said that she died in her sleep at home in Bethesda, Md. late Thursday. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Kirkpatrick's health had been in decline recently, Harrington said, adding that she was "basically confined to her house," going to work about once a week "and then less and less."

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said that Kirkpatrick, the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., "stood up for the interests of America while at the U.N., lent a powerful moral voice to the Reagan foreign policy and has been a source of wise counsel to our nation since leaving the government two decades ago. She will be greatly missed."

Karlyn H. Bowman, a colleague of Kirkpatrick's at AEI, called her "always insightful. Always interesting. Very thoughtful about modern American politics and foreign policy. A wonderful colleague."

This is a significant loss. Ambassador Kirkpatrick was a strong voice for freedom and stood firmly against communism. She was confident in her positions and did not mince words; rather she was refreshingly blunt. These are some of her most famous quotes:

  • "Democrats can't get elected unless things get worse-and things won't get worse unless they get elected."
  • "What takes place in the Security Council more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem-solving."
  • "When our Marines, sent to Lebanon on a multinational peacekeeping mission with the consent of the United States Congress, were murdered in their sleep, the "blame America first crowd" didn't blame the terrorists who murdered the Marines, they blamed the United States. But then, they always blame America first. . . . The American people know better." - Speech delivered at the 1984 Republican National Convention

Her speech at the 1984 Republican National Convention is probably her most famous. In it she outlined how the liberals back them had a habit of blaming America first for all things bad in the world, and, when you read it again, you'll find not much has changed with the leftists in this country. They still blame America first.

Update II: The American Enterprise Institute, where she was a senior fellow, has a statement on the Ambassador's death as well as background information.

Update III: Writing at The Corner, Peter Schweizer offers his memories:

The best advice I ever heard about feminism, balancing a career and family, came from Jeane Kirpatrick to my wife when Jeane was visiting Florida. "A career and a family---you can have it all," she told Rochelle. "You just can't have it all at the same time." And that of course is how Jeane lived her life, as a committed mother and as one great diplomat and scholar.

Update IV: I highly recommend that everyone read Rick Moran's piece on Ambassador Kirkpatrick.


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Comments (21)

A truly great American patr... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

A truly great American patriot who was not afraid to speak the truth. From a speech in 1984:

They said that saving Grenada from terror and totalitarianism was the wrong thing to do - they didn't blame Cuba or the communists for threatening American students and murdering Grenadians - they blamed the United States instead.

But then, somehow, they always blame America first.

When our Marines, sent to Lebanon on a multinational peacekeeping mission with the consent of the United States Congress, were murdered in their sleep, the "blame America first crowd" didn't blame the terrorists who murdered the Marines, they blamed the United States.

But then, they always blame America first.

When the Soviet Union walked out of arms control negotiations, and refused even to discuss the issues, the San Francisco Democrats didn't blame Soviet intransigence. They blamed the United States.

But then, they always blame America first.

When Marxist dictators shoot their way to power in Central America, the San Francisco Democrats don't blame the guerrillas and their Soviet allies, they blame United States policies of 100 years ago.

But then, they always blame America first.

Rest in peace and thank you for your service to our country.

Her observations about Amer... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Her observations about American liberals and Democrats remain valid today. You know, she was a Democrat before Reagan picked her as UN ambassador.

A tough, gritty true patriot. God bless her.

And the creeps on Democrat ... (Below threshold)

And the creeps on Democrat Underground are already starting to piss on her grave...

And the creeps on ... (Below threshold)
And the creeps on Democrat Underground are already starting to piss on her grave...

Thankfully, muirego has been banned so he won't be able to do that here.

"You know, she was a Dem... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"You know, she was a Democrat before Reagan picked her as UN ambassador."

There is a world of difference between the Democrats of years long past and the socialist regressives (euphemisically referred to as "liberals") that run the "democrat" party today.

Kilpatric was a great American. May she rest in peace, with the gratitude of her fellow Americans for her service.

She should have been presid... (Below threshold)
George:

She should have been president.

She was OK during the Cold ... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

She was OK during the Cold War, but I can't think of her without thinking of what the Tory MP Alan Clark said of her:

Monday, 9 April 1984

I was curious to meet this Anglophone harridan. She [was] adamantly, subversively pro-Galtieri during the Falklands crisis. Even up to the end she was urging Reagan to put pressure on the Prime Minister to allow the Argentine Army to leave the Islands 'bearing arms' (thus allowing a kind of 'heroically these men fought the whole British Navy to a standstill' propaganda myth to arise), which might just, I suppose, have saved the General's bacon domestically. The line is, she's so clever, she's an academic really, all that shit. . . .

Finally she appeared, a mixture between Irene Worth and Eleanor Roosevelt. Immediately began 'putting it way.' Halfway through the meal . . general conversation ceased and the honoured guest delivered a monologue, invited (reluctantly) questions.

Odious, totally stalinist, humourless. Trotted out the Party line, consequential sentences, no rationale at all. . . loathsome.

Mr. Thatcher's Minister - The Private Diaries of Alan Clark, pp. 70-71.

Now, supporting the military dictatorship of Argentina over the UK. Now, that's right-wing. Hard-core.

She said this in 2002:... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

She said this in 2002:

"It would be a step backward in America's fight against international terrorism ... When we accept a terrorist state as legitimate, we strengthen terrorist groups," she said. Dr. Kirkpatrick said that while the Oslo accords were supposed to bring Israel peace and safety, "the situation is more dangerous for Israel now than it's ever been." She emphasized that "The destruction of Israel and expulsion of the Jews has been the goal of the PLO since its beginning in 1964 and continues to this day."

Not much doubt what she would have thought about the ISG's idea of serving tea and cookies with the thugs in Syria and Iran.

Thanks for putting her quot... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Thanks for putting her quote about Lebanon on the blog.

It reminds me of why I can't praise St. Ronnie of Cut & Run.

And, Robert, let's not forg... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

And, Robert, let's not forget Ollie North and the Israelis sold weapons to the Iranians who had supported Hezbollah, who killed those Marines in Beirut.

Somehow that never gets discussed.


St. Ronnie had a more menac... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

St. Ronnie had a more menacing evil on his plate back then. He handled the threat just fine, thank you. I vote to make him the 4th Repubican on Mt. Rushmore (Washington was a Federalist.)

Observer, come off it. Ala... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Observer, come off it. Alan Clark's Diaries??? That's the best you can do in finding a cutting remark on Kirkpatrick? It's so, how would you (he)say it, quaint???

Oh, I don't know that you c... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

Oh, I don't know that you could call Alan Clark "quaint," DaveD.

Revanchist, old-Tory, certainly eccentric, and libidinous come to mind.

He'd have been a great drinking companion, for sure.

And, he's certainly a reliable source for Kirkpatrick supporting Argentina in the Falklands War.

Observer5, I think that wou... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Observer5, I think that would be true.

You realize that dying mean... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

You realize that dying means she is going to start voting straight party Democrat in future elections.

Don't know what it is about dying that turns Republicans into Democrats, but it keeps happening. Must be something in the dirt.

Kirkpatrick -Eulogized as "... (Below threshold)
MyPetGloat:

Kirkpatrick -Eulogized as "A true patriot" by the Wizbang faithful.

All without any apparent irony, for Kirkpatrick once said the same of Jonas Savimbi.

Oh, she'll be missed alright...

Goat, Savimbi was fighting ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Goat, Savimbi was fighting the Soviets and Marxists, a worthy cause. Didn't realize you were one of those, but if your a Dem., I guess the shoe fits.

Alan Clark was a hamster compared to Ms. Kirkpatrick, and so is "Observer 5," a true creep, and worthy successor to Muirego and the other louts on this board.

Here's what you need to kno... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Here's what you need to know about Observer 5's inspiration, Mr. Clark:

"His father, Kenneth Clark, a life peer, was popularly known as "Lord Clark of Civilization" in honor of his wonderfully arrogant cultural series on television. Alan inherited, and lives in, a battlemented seventeenth-century castle. He is a multimillionaire. He is also a respected military historian, who raised a few hackles by musing on how well the German army had fought in defeat.

Tact is not his strong suit. He has described the present chancellor of the exchequer as a "puffy podgeball" and the deputy prime minister as a man who had "bought his own furniture" (that is, nouveau riche). When obliged to read a feminist-oriented statement in the House of Commons, he gabbled it derisively, afterward cheerfully admitting that he had not been "entirely sober." He outraged sensibilities by referring generically to "Bongo Bongo Land."

Unsurprisingly, he never achieved senior office"

Stuff it, O 5, you piece of shiite.

Mitchell, you left out his ... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

Mitchell, you left out his fantastic womanizing, which included the wife of a distinguished judge and her daughter, and his writing for Classic Cars magazine.

He was Minister of State for Defense Procurement, and also was a Minister of State for Trade.

He did have the gift and the fortitude for absolute candor about himself and others. He would have been amused by your foaming at the mouth, Mitchell.

A hamster? I think not. More like a badger.

His Diaries will be read long after the words and the name of Kirkpatrick have faded from history.

God O 5, you've delusional.... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

God O 5, you've delusional.

No one reads this man's work. No one.

Jeane Kirkpatrick was a giant. That you would have to cite a drunk degenerate like Clark on a day when we honor Kirkpatrick's life speaks volumes about you.

Mitchell:Ars lo... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

Mitchell:

Ars longa, vita brevis.

Whaddya you, her son or something? Obviously not the one who's a Buddhist monk, as you're too agitated for that.




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