Skip to comments.Bush Doctrine? Palin Got It, Gibson Didn't
Posted on 09/12/2008 7:42:59 PM PDT by Kaslin
"Ms. Palin most visibly stumbled when she was asked by Mr. Gibson if she agreed with the Bush doctrine. Ms. Palin did not seem to know what he was talking about. Mr. Gibson, sounding like an impatient teacher, informed her that it meant the right of 'anticipatory self-defense.' " New York Times, Sept. 12
Informed her? Rubbish. The Times got it wrong. And Charlie Gibson got it wrong.
There is no single meaning of the Bush doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today.
He asked Palin, "Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?"
She responded, quite sensibly to a question that is ambiguous, "In what respect, Charlie?"
Sensing his "gotcha" moment, Gibson refused to tell her. After making her fish for the answer, he grudgingly explained to the moose-hunting rube that the Bush doctrine "is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense."
I know something about the subject because, as the Wikipedia entry on the Bush doctrine notes, I was the first to use the term. In the cover essay of the June 4, 2001, issue of the Weekly Standard titled, "The Bush Doctrine: ABM, Kyoto, and the New American Unilateralism," I suggested that the Bush administration policies of unilaterally withdrawing from the ABM treaty and rejecting the Kyoto protocol, together with others, amounted to a radical change in foreign policy that should be called the Bush doctrine.
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Tell ‘em Charles! Krauthammer is the best.
Palin whooped Gibson’s ass tonight..good Job Sarah.
I had no idea what Gibson was talking about either. It wasn’t until later I realized he was using left-wing talking points slang.
Krauthammer is right.
Some cartoonist needs to make a cartoon of the MSM pointing a gun at Palin, with the barrel bent 180 degrees to point back at the shooter.
Or the MSM committing hara-kiri. Something like that.
Charles K. sounds authoritative to me. As the man who coined the term the “Bush doctrine,” he should know. The article is good, and the title says it all: “Bush Doctrine? Palin Got It, Gibson Didn’t”
In other words (my Cal educated ex-boss would say ‘another words’) the Bush Doctrine is anything any one of us happens to make up! Until Bush himself says “this is my doctrine, dude!” there is no Bush Doctrine that anyone can test others on! Gibson question was really, “are you up on Potomac speak?”
No can do. That would imply they have honor.
The Bush doctrine as stated by Ted Kennedy's big brother .
My son just called to tell me that he thought Gibson was BRUTAL, exact word, towards Palin in the interview....OMG, I think this is going to backfire on the mediaPUKES royally! OBTW, my son isn’t too involved in politics and I rarely hear him comment about politicians, BUT BOY did he call this one or WHAT??
there are four different Bush Doctrines as label over time by the press.
Gibson cited the second but gave it the date of the third...LOL
Wow. I am so ashamed of some Americans at times. You would think they could think for themselves and see through this childish puppet show after all these years. Some people never learn up from down.
I hope the conservative talk show hosts hammer this.
Charlie made a bit of a fool out of himself, all while thinking he was so smart.
About all the Democrat communists can do at this point is grasp and grope in the darkness. They have nothing at this point. They look like a bunch of lost children with talking points only a high school kid maybe would care about. Brainless clones the lot of them.
Charles lectured Juan Williams on the Bush Doctrine(s) tonight. Told him to read this article.
Mr Krauthammer as usual has hit the nail on the head...He has shown how the Bush Doctrine evolved: from making no distinction between terrorists and those who harbor them; to ‘preventive wars,’ which supercede the previous policies of ‘containment’ of his predecessors; to his current policy of spreading Freedom and Democracy in the world..
He has thus led the US from a position of withdrawn isolation after the Vietnam era, to one of pre-emptive action as called for, to actively nurturing and spreading freedom and democracy, with force if necessary to protect a fldedgling democracy...
This is why History will look kindly on him and will compare him to President Ronald Reagan who told the Kremlin Communists to ‘tear down those walls’ and and the walls came down, torn down by freedom loving people.......
This is a legacy that John McCain can stand on too—building on his predecessors successes..
Gibson is a condescending idiot. I thought he was especially bad when it came to global warming. What she was saying was very moderate, but he thought he had another gotcha, because he is too dumb to understand that there are scientific reasons for skepticism about the global warming hypothesis. A journalist is unlikely to have the intellectual horsepower to have a right to an independent opinion on scientific, economic, foreign policy, or just about anything else important, so is completely a slave to conventional wisdom and the vast echo chamber of the mainstream media.
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