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Palin Clueless on Bush Doctrine, Something Every Politician Knows

Sarah "I'm a hockey mom so don't ask me 'bout no foreign policy crap" Palin hadn't a friggin' clue what Charlie Gibson meant when he asked her about the Bush doctrine in the ABC interview a few days ago, and Republican commenters here on Wizbang Blue have spent the afternoon trying to convince themselves that it doesn't matter blah blah... that none of the candidates could answer that question blah blah... and that "bush Doctrine" just a term the media uses and isn't in the political vernacular anyway blah blah blah...


Not a clue. Not a clue. Not a friggin' clue. It's foreign policy 101 and Sarah Palin, with her Moose in the headlights eyes wide open, tried to bullshit her way through an answer.

Sarah Palin was added to the Republican ticket by Karl Rove based on polls and demographics, not on qualifications -- and with aging, post-cancerous McCain in the role of President, Sarah Palin would be one heartbeat away. This hockey mom turned bulldog is plainly and simply not qualified for the job.

Update: John McCain -- on the Fox News Republican debate October, 2007 -- discounting Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney's qualifications for the office of President.

"I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn't a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't a governor for a short period of time."
- John McCain on Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney in Fox News Republican Debate on October 21, 2007

Guiliani was mayor of New York city for 8 years, and according to McCain wasn't qualified for the office of President.

Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts for four years and according to McCain would have needed 'on-the job' training.

Sarah Palin, moose hunter, small town mayor, and governor for two years is by John McCain's standards not qualified for the office of President.

But the polls told John McCain that he could pick up a few votes if he chose a conservative woman, so he reached for Palin -- putting politics above the country.

Sarah Palin is unqualified for the job.

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[Off topic rant about Obama and gas prices removed. - Lee]


So, what exactly is the Bush Doctrine?

Is it good or bad?

What is Barack Obama's exact position on the Bush Doctrine, and how does he specifically define it? By default, if Palin is unqualified to be in the White House, then the job should be Barack Obama's. And if a concisely articulated position on the Bush Doctrine is a requirement to be President, then let's see Obama's.

I wonder if the press grilled John Edwards so thoroughly on the Bush Doctrine in 2004? Damned if I can find anything proving that they did. Why is it such a big deal now, but not four years ago, during some of the most intense fighting in Iraq?


Ps - Lee, it seems that the Republicans failed to take your strong advice and dump Sarah Palin from the ticket. Sorry.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"Ps - Lee, it seems that the Republicans failed to take your strong advice and dump Sarah Palin from the ticket."

The placemnt of Palin onto the GOP ticket will likely be the defining moment of the election (based on what's happened so far). It'll either win the election for the GOP, or lose it for the GOP. I predict the latter.

"I wonder if the press grilled John Edwards so thoroughly on the Bush Doctrine in 2004?"

Grilled? She wasn't grilled. She was asked a simple question and she didn't know the simple answer. Calling that "grilling" is just more whiney, GOP victim-speak.


Maybe you should read the Charles Krauthammer column from the WaPo today. Krauthammer claims to have been the one who intially used the term back in 2001, and then goes on to describe at least 4 different "doctrines" that have all been called the Bush doctrine. So which Bush doctrine is the authentic one: Unilaterally withdrawing from international treaties, you are either with us or against us in the war on terror, we have the right to act preemptively if we perceive a clear danger, or the mission of American foreign policy is to spread democracy throughout the world?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Yes, there are multiple facets to the Bush Doctrine.

Palin obviously didn't know of any of them.

Palin obviously didn't know of any of them.

In other words, she couldn't read Gibson's mind and determine which one of the multiple facets of the Bush Doctrine he was referring to, so she asked him for clarification.

Sounds sensible to me.

And incidentally, Krauthammer says Gibson had it wrong, anyway, so it doesn't seem fair to fault Palin for Gibson's ignorance.


Sarah Palin is well qualified for the warm bucket of piss that is the Vice Presidency.

She will have plenty of time between going to bar mitzvahs, weddings and funerals to stay home with the kids and read up on the various and sundry Bush Doctrines.

And if McCain is elected then nobody will try to assassinate him. Well, nobody with any sense.

Ray H.:

Even the experts can't agree on what the Bush Doctorine is and those that do say that the Bush Doctorine is a multiple facets.


Asking for clarification seems acceptable to make sure answered the specific part of the question he wanted. And once she got the clarification, she answered the question. No one is talking about it, but what I think Gibson's agenda was to further link McCain and Palin to Bush as a third term. Which he failed to ulitamatly do.



End up removing my post too, it illustrates clearly that youy are: A. Misinformed about your "facts." B. Threatened by someone with a valid point of view and linguistic capabilities far exceeding your own.

Your commentary about Gov. Palin is wrong. There are four versions of the "doctrine" and she was indeed correct. No argument, no partisan whining, you are incorrect.


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