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@clrumfelt (5430)
United States
September 12, 2008 9:17am CST
I am pretty much aware of President Bush's world view concerning invading other nations and protecting the USA, but until last night's interview of Sarah Palin by Charles Gibson, I had no idea it is called the "Bush Doctrine" in political circles. Were you already familiar with the term "Bush Doctrine" before Gibson brought it up in the interview? Watch it here: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/09/11/palin-gibson-bushdoctrine/
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• United States
12 Sep 08
I knew what the Bush doctrine was before I forgot about it. Once we had invaded all the countries we could afford and have enough troops to handle, the Bush doctrine became sort of irrelevent and I did let it slip my mind until reminded.
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@clrumfelt (5430)
• United States
12 Sep 08
I had never to my knowledge heard the label before Gibson's interview with Palin. I thought she summed it up pretty well just intuitively without knowing the precise defintion of the phrase.
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
12 Sep 08
there really is no "official bush doctrine" it's a media/journalistic term
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@clrumfelt (5430)
• United States
13 Sep 08
I wager not many people watching the interview will realize that. They may think Palin is ignorant of American history not knowing that. However, they will probably respect her for the answer she gave.
@spalladino (17923)
• United States
12 Sep 08
Maybe it's because of where I lived and the level of political coverage I had available in so many forms, but I've always known what the Bush Doctrine is. I would have to believe that it received a lot of national press, too.
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@clrumfelt (5430)
• United States
12 Sep 08
I'm not aware that the "Bush Doctrine" label has been talked about in the news that much. The concepts it embodies are talked about a lot but as far as I have heard, nobody really calls it that. Maybe I'm in the minority, but it didn't shock me she was unfamiliar with the word. I thought she summed it up pretty well.
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@spalladino (17923)
• United States
12 Sep 08
It hasn't been mentioned in many years that I've noticed and I think bringing it up was Charlie's attempt to look like he was playing hard ball. He wagered that she hadn't been briefed all the way back to 2001 and she wasn't aware of exactly what it was, but I don't think he was able to use that to his advantage as he had hoped. I agree that she summed it up well.
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@clrumfelt (5430)
• United States
13 Sep 08
I agree Charles was just trying to see if he could make Palin squirm in her seat by bring up an unfamiliar topic. Kudos to her that it didn't work. It was another chance for those watching the interview to witness Sarah's grace under fire.
@evanslf (485)
12 Sep 08
Yes I knew it was the Bush doctrine and I find it pretty worrying that someone aspiring to be VP of the US doesn't know what was the central plank of Bush's foreign policy over the last 7 years since 9/11
@clrumfelt (5430)
• United States
12 Sep 08
I don't find it troubling that she didn't know what it was called. I thought she summed it up pretty well even though she was at a loss about the term.
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@anniepa (27248)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Yes, I was aware of it and I find it troubling that Sarah Palin didn't know what it was but even more so that she didn't say so outright. For those of you here who weren't aware of this, that's different because I don't think anyone here is oneof the Presidential or Vice Presidential nominees. Annie
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@clrumfelt (5430)
• United States
13 Sep 08
I think she displayed grace under fire and instead of saying 'I don't know what that is' she answered intuitively and was not far wrong in her analysis of of the meaning of the term. You could clearly tell that she wasn't sure of the meaning and her quesion, "which one?" indicated she was unaware there was a specific characteristic of the present administration known as the Bush Doctrine.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
12 Sep 08
"the bush doctrin" is not an official written policy but rather a catch phrase attatched to his foriegn pilicy used by the media and analysts to describe it. You won't find it in any dictionary. It will probably be seen in histoy books in that term. Much like "the powel doctrine", a term used to describe Colen Powel's aproach to applied military strategy. Or the Kennedy doctrine, used to describe his policy initiatives in Latin America. There is no official "Bush doctrine". It's a journalistic term pick pick pick
@clrumfelt (5430)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Thanks. For awhile I thought I was missing out on something important.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 Sep 08
I was not away about the Bush doctrine, but if we had had a Roosevelt doctrine, then perhaps America would not have not had Pearl Harbor. I can see that Palim is rather not as familiar with its terms and I think the ones that think she is an airhead are stupid and would rather be ruled by a dictator like Obama. In fact if they were living in 1930 Germany, they would vote for Hitler. Palin is after all a mother and concerned with the safety of her family and also women think different from men. She would probably try to find a different solution like getting the government of that country to go after the terrorists themselves and have America help. Men want action and get the bad guys before they get them. As I see it the Bush Doctrine is limited in that it can only be used on nations who produce terrorist but are too cowardly to raise an army and try to invade America itself. It can only be used on those nations where they had secret training grounds and the terrorists dress like everyone else. In those cases, the Bush Doctrine is a good way to protect America. Go after the terrorists on their own ground and if the country is protecting them, the fight extends against it and its leaders.
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@clrumfelt (5430)
• United States
13 Sep 08
I bet nobody will ask Obama that question in an interview, and, as xfactor pointed out, there is no official "Bush Doctrine." You're right she should be concerning herself with weightier matters such as making sure the troops are safe and have what they need to do their jobs.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 Sep 08
she asked "which one" which would have been my first question too. It could have applied to a number of things, the only gaffe was on the part of Charles gibson there
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