Editor’s note: The following remarks were delivered on October 3, 2013 at a dinner preceding a conference sponsored by The New Criterion and London’s Social Affairs Unit on “Reagan, Thatcher, and the Special Relationship.”

The challenge that we have come together to discuss is how America and the Western world can find a sense of direction at a moment when they are confronted by revolutions on many continents. And as they navigate this issue, our public needs to have a sense that its leaders are devoted to peace, and our adversaries have to know that there is a line they cannot cross except at extreme peril: To combine these two is the key challenge.

But before we make a few remarks about that, let me say a few things about Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. I knew both of them for many decades,...

 
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