Jeane Kirkpatrick

American diplomat and Presidential advisor
Jeane Kirkpatrick

Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick (November 19, 1926December 7, 2006) was an American conservative political scientist and member of the neoconservative movement. After serving as Ronald Reagan's foreign policy adviser in his 1980 campaign, she was nominated as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and was the first woman to hold this position.


  • Russia is playing chess, while we are playing Monopoly. The only question is whether they will checkmate us before we bankrupt them.
  • Traditional autocrats leave in place existing allocations of wealth, power, status, and other re- sources which in most traditional societies favor an affluent few and maintain masses in poverty. But they worship traditional gods and observe traditional taboos. They do not disturb the habitual rhythms of work and leisure, habitual places of residence, habitual patterns of family and personal relations. Because the miseries of traditional life are familiar, they are bearable to ordinary people who, growing up in the society, learn to cope, as children born to untouchables in India acquire the skills and attitudes necessary for survival in the miserable roles they are destined to fill.
  • And now, the American people, proud of our country, proud of our freedom, proud of ourselves, will reject the San Francisco Democrats and send Ronald Reagan back to the White House.
  • 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
  • When Marxist dictators shoot their way into 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.
    • Washington Times, 5/15/2006[1]
  • Neither nature, experience, nor probability informs these lists of 'entitlements', which are subject to no constraints except those of the mind and appetite of their authors.
    • Legitimacy and Force (1988), 130.
    • Jeane Kirkpatrick talking about a report of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva, which she termed "a letter to Santa Claus." as in A Human Rights Approach to Food and Nutrition Policies and Programmes by Peter L. Pellett[2], who quotes The Hypocrisy Of It All by Noam Chomsky (1999)[3]
  • Vietnam presumably taught us that the United States could not serve as the world’s policeman; it should also have taught us the dangers of trying to be the world’s midwife to democracy when the birth is scheduled to take place under conditions of guerrilla war.
    • Dictatorship and Double Standards, Commentary (New York, Nov. 1979), quoted in The Columbia World of Quotations, 1996[4]
  • No idea holds greater sway in the minds of educated Americans that the belief that it is possible to democratize governments anytime and anywhere under any circumstances .
    • Dictatorship and Double Standards, Commentary (New York, Nov. 1979), quoted in The Economist , 23 December 2006:131
  • The speed with which armies collapse, bureaucracies abdicate, and social structures dissolve once the autocrat is removed frequently surprises American Policy makers.
    • Dictatorship and Double Standards, Commentary (New York, Nov. 1979), quoted in The Economist , 23 December 2006:131
  • Decades, if not centuries are normally required for people to acquire the necessary disciplines and habits. (for democracy) In Britain, the road to (democratic government) took seven centuries to traverse .
    • Dictatorship and Double Standards, Commentary (New York, Nov. 1979), quoted in The Economist , 23 December 2006:131
  • Americans need to face the truth about themselves, no matter how pleasant it is.
    • As quoted by Dinesh D'Souza in What's So Great About America (2003), Ch. 6: America the Beautiful

Quotes about KirkpatrickEdit

  • Jean Kirkpatrick [is] the chief sadist-in-residence of the Reagan Administration
    • Noam Chomsky, The Empire and Ourselves, A Solidarity Pamphlet (April 9, 1986) [5]

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