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Bolton Statement on Death of Jeanne Kirkpatrick

Statement on the Death of Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Representative to the United Nations

New York City
December 8, 2006

Ambassador Bolton: I just wanted to say a few words about the death of Jeanne Kirkpatrick. She was a great American. She was a great Ambassador of the United States here. She never forgot who she was representing. She was a friend and colleague of many people at AEI, at Georgetown University, in the diplomatic community. She was a great scholar. She was one of the most outstanding advocates of American foreign policy in our history. When I was at AEI in the late nineties, for most of that time our offices were right next to each other, and I benefited very greatly. It really is very sad for America. But she will be -- she will be greatly missed.

I'll take a question or two.

Reporter: Are you following in her -- not her footsteps but you were very similar --

Ambassador Bolton: No, I don't really want to address that question.

Reporter: What would you say was her legacy? Her greatest accomplishments?

Ambassador Bolton: I think she spoke clearly for liberty in the world, made it clear during tensions in the Cold War that America's interests here at the UN were advanced when the cause of liberty was advanced. And I think in her academic writing, she made that very clear as well. I think she will be remembered as a spokesman for those interests, both in her governmental service and her academic work.

Reporter: Can you describe what you did across the street when -- about the news for those of us that were obviously not at the meeting?

Ambassador Bolton: Yeah. We had a moment of silence in the Mission in her memory. Okay, thanks.

Released on December 8, 2006


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