When Charles Gibson asked Gov.Sarah Palin if she was in agreement with the Bush doctrine, I felt kind of stupid because I didn’t know there was a Bush doctrine. Probably about 85% of America was with me on that one. I knew of the Monroe Doctrine and the Truman Doctrine, but not the Bush Doctrine.
Well, I don’t feel so stupid now, because while Bush does have a “doctrine”, it is not the Bush Doctrine. And Bush’s doctrine is, apparently NOT what Charles Gibson thinks it is at this time either!
“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
WASHINGTON — 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 goes on to write:
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.
Mr. Krauthammer then tells of the circumstances and changes to Bush’s doctrine over his eight year term. You can read the article here.
Charles Gibson thought he knew the current one – he didn’t. Sarah Palin didn’t know what his ambiguious question meant and so she did the right thing – she asked him to clarify. Only to be treated like a school girl with a snotty, arrogant teacher. Mr. Gibson should be thankful Gov. Palin is the calm, collected, class act she is.
I’m just saying…