Friday, September 12, 2008

Bush Doctrine

Sarah Palin should learn to use wikipedia. This page has been up since 2002 and states pretty unambiguously what the Bush Doctrine says:
The Bush Doctrine is a phrase used to describe various related foreign policy principles of United States president George W. Bush, enunciated in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The phrase initially described the policy that the United States had the right to treat countries that harbor or give aid to terrorist groups as terrorists themselves, which was used to justify the invasion of Afghanistan.[1] Later it came to include additional elements, including the controversial policy of preventive war, which held that the United States should depose foreign regimes that represented a supposed threat to the security of the United States, even if that threat was not immediate (used to justify the invasion of Iraq), a policy of supporting democracy around the world, especially in the Middle East, as a strategy for combating the spread of terrorism, and a willingness to pursue U.S. military interests in a unilateral way.[2][3][4] Some of these policies were codified in a National Security Council text entitled the National Security Strategy of the United States published on September 20, 2002.[5] This represented a dramatic shift from the United States's Cold War policies of deterrence and containment, under the Truman Doctrine, and a departure from post-Cold War philosophies such as the Powell Doctrine and the Clinton Doctrine.
To say that the question was unfair or that noone knows what it is seems pretty ridiculous when you consider how much test cramming she did in the lead up to the interview. Also the answer she gave pretty much contradicts the Bush Doctrine.

Most Republicans are praising her performance, saying it was pretty good for someone without a lot of experience in the national spotlight. Which is confusing when you consider how much executive experience she's supposed to have as a Mayor and as a Governor, and how much foreign policy experience she's supposed to have dealing with the Russians and the Alaska National Guard. Now it's: good going newbie!

You can spin it however you want to. The candidate is clueless.