Friday, September 12, 2008

Bush Doctrine

Josh Marshall thinks The awkward moment when Charlie Gibson tries his best not to press the point that Sarah Palin doesn't know what he's referring to when he asks her about the "Bush Doctrine"

She does not say she does not know what he's referring to, she asks "In what respect Charlie?"

Wikipedia says it is a phrase used to describe various related foreign policy principles of United States president George W. Bush

  • the right to treat countries that harbor or give aid to terrorist groups as terrorists themselves
  • the controversial policy of preventive war (JFK was relying on the self-defense right of preemptive attack during the Cuban Missile Crisis)
  • a policy of supporting democracy around the world, especially in the Middle East, as a strategy for combating the spread of terrorism
  • a willingness to pursue U.S. military interests in a unilateral way.
Sarah was very correct to ask Charlie specifically what aspect of the Bush Doctrine he was referring to.


Merge Divide said...

Even the mainstream media is having difficulty spinning this into a success for Sarah Palin. Where were her vaunted oratory skills yesterday? The most favorable reaction I've seen on far right wing conservative blogs is that Palin "held her own" against the "biased media", and managed to avoid making a "fatal gaffe". High praise indeed from the faithful.

Dymphna said...

I wonder how much of the Bush Doctrine white paper the MSM read when it came out in...what, 2002?

I downloaded a copy, which I have somewhere, and read the whole thing. It was a refreshingly straight-forward explanation of what the US would and would not tolerate from foreign states which threatened our sovereignty or security.

Can't find my copy now, but if you know of a link to it, please let me know.

My email address is

You should compare and contrast this "journalist"'s treatment of Palin and his softballs to Obama. These guys have zilch integrity. What they don't realize is that their bias is so absolutely clear that they're turning people away from the Dems. No one likes to be told what to do, especially not from a group of people as corrupt as the folks they would have us vote for.

If Jesus came back, trailed by his apostles and Tom Brokaw endorsed him, I'd have to vote for the devil just because of the source of His endorsement.

OTOH, WWJD if Brokaw endorsed Him? *That* would be fun...a kind of 'get thee behind me' moment for ol' Tom.

BTW, I came over here from an old link (Dec 2007) to see Eric Cantor's video on the Dem Congress' lack of action. I am going to send it to my congressman and urge him to run these kinds of ads for himself.

That was sooo funny.