Gibson Got the Bush Doctrine Wrong

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    I thought Governor Palin was correct to ask Gibson to clarify his question. With dripping condescension he then explained the "Bush Doctrine" to her like a teacher to an ill prepared student. The problem is Gibson only mentioned one point of a doctrine that evolved over time. Here is a quick description of the "Bush Doctrine" from Wikipedia:

    "The Bush Doctrine is a phrase used to describe various related foreign policy principles of United States president George W. Bush, created 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. 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 may or may not have represented a 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. 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."

    I guess Charlie expected her to giver her opinion on each part of a doctrine that evolved over several years. If Charlie really wanted to know her opinion he'd have asked her specific questions about different aspects of the doctrine.

    Better yet it would be nice if he knew all points of the "Bush Doctrine" himself.
     

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