The Presidency: A Noble Tradition

"A Noble Tradition"

Jeane Kirkpatrick is all of those things that at once baffle and fascinate Ronald Reagan--a woman, an academic and a Democrat. What did not perplex him was her clear-voiced condemnation of Communist societies around the world, particularly in Central America, and the need to counter their brutal purposes. He hired her.

Reagan relished the moments around the Cabinet table when the United Nations Ambassador jarred her Administration colleagues with throaty exhortations to face up to reality. When she was put on the panel to prepare the President for his foreign policy debate with Walter Mondale, she read the suggested questions from...

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