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.