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Father of US ‘neoconservatism’ Irving Kristol dies

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Saturday, Sept 19th, 2009

Irving Kristol, the former Trotskyite who turned sharply anti-Communist and shaped modern US politics and foreign policy as the “godfather” of neoconservatism, died Friday at the age of 89.

The magazine edited by his son, William Kristol, announced his death on its Internet site.

“His wisdom, wit, good humor, and generosity of spirit made him a friend and mentor to several generations of thinkers and public servants,” the editors of the Weekly Standard said in an unsigned message on the magazine’s Web site.

Then-president George W. Bush awarded Kristol the presidential medal of freedom, the top US civilian honor, in July 2002.

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