Skip to comments.SARAH PALIN AND THE BUSH DOCTRINE - EXPLAINED COMPLETELY
Posted on 09/12/2008 9:06:47 PM PDT by andrew roman
Charles Gibson, foot-swinging ABC News gotcha merchant, looked like someone poured castor oil in his Cheerio bowl just prior to his interview with Governor Sarah Palin. He had a scowl on his kisser that wouldve made WC Fields envious, all the while masterfully balancing those professorial eyeglasses on the end of his nose like a seasoned circus performer handles the tightrope. In retrospect, he probably should have and certainly could have - been a smidgen more specific when grilling Governor Palin about the Bush Doctrine.
Still, the onus was squarely on the Governor of the great state of Alaska to answer the coming questions without vacillation. After all, this was the big stage. The world was watching. It was time for the rifle-toting hockey mom to play with the big boys.
And so it was that they sat face to face, the taste of stale Cheerios on Gibsons tongue (Im guessing), the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee squared and ready, anxious to field queries from the grimacing Gibson. It was to be the next finest hour of Sarah Palin.
Yet, within a few minutes, something had gone horribly wrong. Unforeseen hesitation had reared its ugly head. Inside of a few brief moments, it was hanging out there like a giant matzo ball the dreaded Bush Doctrine.
How could Governor Sarah Palin not know what Charles Gibson meant when asked about it?
What on earth was wrong with the woman?
Im willing to concede that she was, perhaps, a little confused.
Did Charles Gibson mean the Bush Doctrine of preventive war, as he defined it with Governor Palin, or did he mean the Bush Doctrine as he expressed it on September 21, 2001 in which he said the United States planned to follow through on its promise that all terrorist organizations with global reach will be found, stopped and defeated?
Gibson may have been alluding to the Bush Doctrine that New York Times columnist Frank Rich declared dead on April 13, 2002, almost seven months after Gibson defined it not to be confused with the new Bush Doctrine as depicted in Richard Falks article on June 27, 2002 in The Nation in which he writes that President Bush was repudiating the core idea of the United Nations charter. Evidently, these were only precursors to Michael Kingsleys March, 2003 perception of the Bush Doctrine in which the President started a war without anyones permission.
In Palins defense, it is possible (and maybe even likely) that she was thinking of Robin Wright of the Washington Post who claimed in June, 2004 the Bush Doctrine not yet dead, but severely eroding due to the occupation of Iraq. According to Wright, only one of four tenets of the doctrine still survived by a sliver namely, the hope of spreading democracy. All other tenets were, in fact, finished. This contrasts with the explanation of the Boston Globes Jeff Jacoby who in January of this year, like Frank Rich nearly six years earlier, declared the Bush Doctrine completely dead only five months before deciding it was actually still alive, saying it was almost dead except for the single exception of Iraq. The doctrine, according to Jacoby, was identified as not permitting the worlds most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the worlds most destructive weapons. Add to this the Brookings Institutes Phillip H Gordons tenets of the Bush Doctrine, as explained on December 1, 2006, in which America was, first, engaged in a war against evil and second, calling upon other nations to decide if they were for or against us. Gordon, in his recitation, wasnt ready to say the doctrine was dead, only that he wondered about it.
I believe that most will concur that if Gibson had simply told Governor Palin he was referencing the Bush Doctrine as understood by Peter Jennings and Claire Shipman on September 20, 2001, which is not unlike George Wills interpretation of December 9, 2001, holding that anyone who governs a territory is complicit in any terrorism that issues from that territory, (which was essentially the same as Gibsons own September, 2001 definition) then the entire interview might have taken a different turn. However, it isnt out of the question to conclude that Palin probably hit a cognitive bump while recalling that George Wills Bush Doctrine of May, 2006 was an expanded variation, which included the spread of democracy not unlike like Robin Wrights was two years earlier.
It is here that Palin disappoints.
Sure, the Bush Doctrine may have rung hollow in the eyes of the Cato Institutes Charles Pena in January, 2003, but it shouldnt have kept Palin from Understanding the Bush Doctrine, as articulated by Noam Chomsky in October, 2004. Furthermore, her inability to summon the characterization of the Bush Doctrine as articulated by William Marina and David T. Bielo of the Independent Institute on December 9, 2004, both of whom explain that the Doctrine was actually fathered by Teddy Roosevelt a century earlier a pre-emptive imperialism, as they described it speaks volumes of Governor Palins inexperience.
It may actually be this century-old pre-emptive version of the Bush Doctrine, implemented decades before his birth, which Gibson spoke of in his interview with Sarah Palin.
And this woman wants to be Vice President?
Sarah did fine, she was composed and direct.
Non political junkies who watched probably didn’t see ANYTHING wrong with her answer.
She just asked for him to clarify what he meant by the “Bush Doctrine” and most people watching probably were wanting to know as well.
She even said, “his world view?”
I mean, she did fine on that question. Reading all the “Oh no” posts on here I thought she really flubbed it, but it didn’t look like that when I finally watched it later on.
She’s the Roosevelt Corollary to the Gibson Doctrine.
I wrote this piece with tongue squarely in cheek.
Watching Governor Palin, she was poised, in control and looked great.
“The Bush Doctrine” looks to be revised more than LDS documentation.
The term “bush doctrine” is so all-emcompassing that one might almost describe it as Bush’s worldview.
ROFLMAO. I heard that question asking Palin about the “Bush Doctrine”, and asked my wife if she heard him say which one?
I must add that I have a hearing impairment, so I often ask my wife to confirm, or correct what I think I hear LOL.
2. The Bush Doctrine is encapsulated in a set of policies articulated in the national security strategies released by the White House in September 2002 and March 2006. The national security policies commonly associated with the Bush Doctrine can also be found in President Bushs National Strategy for Victory in Iraq, the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, and many of the presidents major addresses on the War on Terror. See National Security Council, The National Security Strategy of the United States (Washington, DC: The White House, 2002 and 2006); National Security Council, National Strategy for Victory in Iraq (Washington, DC: The White House, 2005); and National Security Council, National Strategy for Combating Terrorism (Washington, DC: The White House, 2006).
Seriously, is there a foreign policy position which Bush has articulated which has not been considered, at some point, to be the Bush Doctrine?
Of course, this was written as a tongue-in-cheek piece ... Governor Palin was just fine
The Joe Biden gaffe went largely unnoticed by the main-stream crowd. It would have warranted a two-hour documentary on CBS had McCain or Palin said it.
Thank you tremedously!
In a conference call with reporters, Obama said Clinton would continue the "Bush doctrine" of only speaking to leaders of rogue nations if they first meet conditions laid out by the United States.
Good posting Andrew. My own personal memory of the Bush Doctrine was, “You’re either with us or against us...”
When I watched the interview, I thought that the way she handled the “Bush Doctrine” question showed that she’s got what it takes to conduct complex negotiations (or take interviews). It’s always smart to ask your interlocutor to define his terms — especially when he’s speaking in jargon, or (in this case) moonbat babble.
Thank you for your kind words.
I got it without a </sarc> tag. Gibson really blew it big time. He had three tasks in the biggest interview of his career:
1. be informed and professional. He failed terribly. He took a second source quote and his source was wrong. He asked a question, ie the Bush Doctrine, that he did not know what he was talking about.
2. ask Gov. Palin tough but fair questions. His condesending manner caused him to fail this. Apparently Gipson is so dumb this was the only task his tiny brain could focus on.
3. stay within the range of interviews he has done with other candidates. As the comparison thread with his interview with Obama shows, he again failed terribly. A prepared journalist would have reviewed what he had asked Obama and made sure to stay at least within shouting distance of that type of interview.
Gibson had the biggest interview of his career and he blew it terribly. He was unprepared and unprofessional.
The only Bush Doctrine that ever existed was the straw man doctrine that doctrinaire leftists like Charles Gibson built in order to knock down. He’s a pipsqueak just like his pal Obama.
well writen!! You should join Palen’s speech team!!!
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