Palin Didn't Know What the Bush Doctrine Was
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg
Charles Gibson just asked Sarah Palin what she thought of the Bush Doctrine. Here's the transcript as best as I can make it out.
Gibson: do you agree with the bush doctrine?
Palin: in what respect, charlie?
Gibson: well, what do you interpret it to be?
Palin: His world view?
Gibson: the Bush doctrine, in september 2002, before the iraq war.
Palin: I believe that what president bush has attempted to do is rid this world of islamic terrorists who are hell-bent in 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
Gibson: the bush doctrine is we have the right of self-defense, prememptive strike against any country we think is going to attack us. do you agree with us?
Clearly Palin did not have the foggiest idea what Gibson meant. This is absolutely huge. The Bush doctrine of preemption and the National Security Strategy of 2002 was the central element of debate for almost 2 years in the foreign policy community and in the country during the run up to the invasion of Iraq and in the years after. It was probably the single greatest shift in U.S. foreign policy in a generation.
There were pages and pages of ink spilled on this and it took up hours of debate. It was a central issue in the 2004 campaign. For her to not know what it is, raises serious questions about her experience and preparation to potentially be the leader of the free world.