Wise coun­sel

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tor Pat Buchanan, found­ing ed­i­tor of the Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tive, says Pres­i­dent Bush’s doc­trine of “world demo­cratic revo­lu­tion” and “end­ing tyranny on earth” is un­con­sti­tu­tional, and when “Bush goes, it goes.”

Mr. Buchanan re­calls the late Jeane Kirk­patrick, Pres­i­dent Rea­gan’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, launch­ing “a frontal as­sault on to­day’s neo­con­ser­va­tive dog­mas about Amer­ica hav­ing an his­toric mis­sion to de­moc­ra­tize mankind.”

Though her spe­cialty was for­eign pol­icy, Mr. Buchanan notes, Mrs. Kirk­patrick de­clared later in life that “Amer­ica’s pur­poses are mainly do­mes­tic,” and that a “good so­ci­ety is de­fined not by its for­eign pol­icy, but by its in­ter­nal qual­i­ties.”

Of in­de­pen­dent ini­tia­tives like un­der­tak­ing the war in Iraq, Mrs. Kirk­patrick said “there is no mys­ti­cal Amer­i­can ‘mis­sion,’ or pur­pose to be ‘found’ in­de­pen­dently of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion,” or for that mat­ter, “no in­her­ent or his­tor­i­cal ‘im­per­a­tive’ for the U.S. gov­ern­ment to seek to achieve any other goal — how­ever great — ex­cept as it is man­dated by the Con­sti­tu­tion or adopted by the peo­ple through elected of­fi­cials.”

Mr. Buchanan said if Mr. Bush had only heeded Mrs. Kirk­patrick’s “wise coun­sel, Amer­ica would not be in the hellish mess it is in to­day.” The am­bas­sador died in De­cem­ber at age 80.

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