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A True American Hero

Jeane Kirkpatrick, 1926-2006.

Dec 18, 2006, Vol. 12, No. 14 • By NORMAN PODHORETZ
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Because, to my great regret, I saw very little of her in what would turn out to be the last five years of her life, I cannot say for certain that she was relieved to be out of the fray this time around, but I would guess that this was indeed the case. If so, she rested on the laurels she had earned in World War III. Having enlisted as a young woman, she went on to perform brilliant ser vice on the ideological front, where she stood up magnificently for this country at a time when it was under a relent lessly vicious assault at home no less than abroad. It was as a hero of that war that she made her mark, and it is as a true American hero that she will be remembered.

She was also, not so incidentally, a great cook and a most loving friend.

Norman Podhoretz is editor-at-large of Commentary and an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute.