A Lecturer for The U.N.

Who talks tough on policy

It helped that Jeane Kirkpatrick is a woman and a Democrat. But her selection as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations was made chiefly on the grounds of her intellect. She first came to Reagan's attention last year when Commentary magazine published her forcefully written, tightly reasoned article criticizing the weaknesses and inconsistencies in Jimmy Carter's human rights policies. She concluded that the President behaved "not like a man who abhors autocrats, but like one who abhors only right-wing autocrats."

Reagan told her that the article was the best...

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