Thursday, September 11, 2008

Was it Palin or Gibson who Knew the Bush Doctrine had "Various Related Foreign Policy Principles"?

Palin's reply to Gibson, "In what respect, Charlie?" shows that she knew the Bush Doctrine has "various related foreign policy principles."

It seems that Gibson didn't know.

The Wikipedia says that the Bush Doctrine has "various related foreign policy principles"?


Wikipedia: Bush Doctrine = "various related foreign policy principles" [LISTS AT LEAST FOUR]

The Bush Doctrine is a phrase used to describe various related foreign policy principles of United States president George W. Bush, created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

1) The phrase initially described the policy that the United States had the right to treat countries that harbor or give aid to terrorist groups as terrorists themselves, which was used to justify the invasion of Afghanistan.

2) Later it came to include additional elements, including the controversial policy of preventive war, which held that the United States should depose foreign regimes that represented a threat to the security of the United States, even if that threat was not immediate (used to justify the invasion of Iraq),

3) a policy of supporting democracy around the world, especially in the Middle East, as a strategy for combating the spread of terrorism, and

4) a willingness to pursue U.S. military interests in a unilateral way.

Some of these policies were codified in a National Security Council text entitled the National Security Strategy of the United States published on September 20, 2002.
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Palin on the Bush Doctrine

Gov. Sarah Palin conducted her first interview today with Charlie Gibson of ABC News. The focus was mainly on national security and her experience. The key headline was Palin's assertion that war with Russia may be necessary if Georgia were to join NATO and be invaded by Russia.

However, the key "gotcha moment" is available on video and is also excerpted below:

Gibson: Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?

Palin: In what respect, Charlie?

Gibson: What do you interpret it to be?

Palin: His worldview?

Gibson: No, the Bush Doctrine. Annunciated September 2002, before the Iraq War.

Palin: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism. Terrorists who are hellbent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though, there have been mistakes made. And with new leadership -- and that's the beauty of American elections of course and of democracy -- is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

Gibson: The Bush Doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense.


At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please, she was clueless. It was so obvious.


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