RIP Mother Figure of Neoconservatism

If Irving Kristol is the father of the movement that seems so out of shape these days (plagued as it is by desertions,) the late Jeane J. Kirkpatrick would be the closest person to a mother figure.

She died yesterday. Color me a wannabe neocon, but I had to post this in memoriam.

The only thing that would trouble me, however, is that the insufferable fool that is Glenn Beck would also mourn her death on his show tonight, and I cannot stand the thought of being on the same side with him. I can only take relief in the thought that Mr. Beck has no idea about what Ambassador Kirkpatrick stood for and what intellectual weight she lent to the neoconservative movement and US leadership in the world. To his horror, she also said that she is a “lifelong democrat.”

Take note Zal, you have big shoes to fill (read my previous post.)

In an attempt to tie this in with Afghanistan I will say this: just as she protested US foreign policy during the Carter era, had she been in office in the early 1990s, she would have not approved of Clinton administration’s disengagement from Afghanistan that utlimately landed it in the Taliban era chaos. And Taliban, using her famous categories of “authoritarianism” and “totalitarianism,” would have surely qualified for the latter, which she argued should be opposed by any means.


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