Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, predicted that Iraq's attack on the guided missile frigate Stark will have no long-term effect on American military operations in the Middle East. "A few of our ships in the area are a little more alert--that's what I think will result," Kirkpatrick said after a speech at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. "Now they're going to believe that accidents will happen. I don't think it will damage U.S.-Iraqi relations." After her talk before the Claremont McKenna College fund-raising group Res Publica, Kirkpatrick downplayed recent reports that she might be placed on the Maryland Republican primary ballot as a "favorite daughter" candidate. "I am not a candidate and I do not expect to be," she said.