Jeane Duane Kirkpatrick (née Jordan; November 19, 1926 – December 7, 2006) was an American diplomat and political scientist who played a major policy role in the foreign policy of the Ronald Reagan administration. An ardent anticommunist, she was a longtime Democrat who became a neoconservative and switched to the Republican Party in 1985. After serving as Ronald Reagan's foreign policy adviser in his 1980 campaign, she became the first woman to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
She formulated the "Kirkpatrick Doctrine", which advocated supporting authoritarian regimes around the world if they were anticommunist themselves. She believed that they could be led into democracy by example.
Jeane Kirkpatrick in "Notes from the General Secretariat"
In his response to Mme. Ambassador, Kelvin R. Throop (under the name "Beals Becker") addressed her allegation of anti-American bias in the General Assembly of the United Nations by reminding her that the Assembly had been set up so votes went against the Soviet Union.
He further suggested the ambassador ponder why so many countries voted against the U.S., listing a number of authoritarian entities the U.S. had supported, including Chile, the Philippines, South Africa, and the deposed colonels of Greece. He suggested with allies such as those, being an opponent looked good. He concluded by pointing out the USA's wealth as a factor.
Becker's valediction was "Impatiently, Beals Becker."
- Analog: The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fact, Vol CV, No 8, August, 1985, pg. 176.