Thursday, September 11, 2008

Listen carefully: Palin clearly doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is

Gibson: Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?

Palin: In what respect, Charlie?

Gibson: What do you interpret it to be?

Palin: His worldview? (N.B., This is a question and not, as I have seen in other transcripts, a statement.)

Gibson: No, the Bush Doctrine, enunciated 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 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. We have the right of preemptive strike against any other country that we believe is going to attack us.
Notice the question in her voice when she seeks to interpret Gibson's question. "His worldview?" she asks as her voice lilts upward. She just doesn't know; she's probing for the answer.



MomWorks said...

She's a blizzard of words. One fancy dancer.... Has memorized a few talking points but, clearly doesn't understand the meaning of them, let alone the larger context.

Tom said...


DCDemocrat said...

Tom: The story here is not that Sarah Palin endorses the Bush Doctrine. The story here is that she does not understand the Bush Doctrine. Now that's fine for you, me, Cindy Lou Who, and all the Whos down in Whoville, but it isn't fine for a prospective vice president of the United States, particularly one who serves an aged man with a history of cancer.

Shakes The Clown said...

BARACK OBAMA: 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.

Looks like Obama doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is!

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