The Real Irving Kristol

Contrary to popular belief, the founding father of American neoconservatism was a consistent adherent of realpolitik in international affairs.

Issue: September-October 2015

IN 1990, the publisher of The National Interest wrote an essay to mark the fifth anniversary of the magazine. It was called “Defining Our National Interest.” In it, he asked, “But what about the moral dimension of American foreign policy? It has always been there and, since we are an untraditional nation founded on a liberal creed, it always will be there. Have we nothing ‘higher’ to offer the world? Perhaps we do—though, with every passing year, I become less convinced.”

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