Saturday, September 13, 2008

Charlie Gibson's Gaffe on The Bush Doctrine

Charles Krauthammer right points out that Gibson's Bush Doctrine question to Palin was ambiguous. There is no state Bush Doctrine. It is a collection of principles that has been associated with the Bush Administration after 9/11.

Here is what Krauthammer says:

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. It is utterly different.

If I were in any public foreign policy debate today, and my adversary were to raise the Bush doctrine, both I and the audience would assume -- unless my interlocutor annotated the reference otherwise -- that he was speaking about the grandly proclaimed (and widely attacked) freedom agenda of the Bush administration.

Not the Gibson doctrine of preemption.

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