Palin Stumped On “Bush Doctrine”
During the Charlie Gibson interview on ABC, Gov. Sarah Palin seemed unprepared for a question concerning President Bush’s foreign policy doctrine of preemptive war.
Gibson: Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?
Palin: In what respect, Charlie?
Gibson: What do you interpret it to be?
Palin: His world view?
Gibson: No, the Bush Doctrine enunciated in September 2002 before the Iraq war.
Palin: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell-bent on 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 things better.
Gibson: The Bush Doctrine, as I understand, is we have the right of anticipatory self-defense. That we have right to preemptive strike on any country we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?
Palin: Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people we have every right to defend our country.
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