Listen carefully: Palin clearly doesn't know Bush Doctrine
by Beltway Dem, Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 06:22:26 PM EDT
Gibson: Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?
Palin: In what respect, Charlie?
Gibson: What do you interpret it to be?
Palin: His worldview? (N.B., This is a question and not, as I have seen in other transcripts, a statement.)
Gibson: No, the Bush Doctrine, enunciated 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 hellbent 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 it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense. We have the right of preemptive strike against any other country that we believe is going to attack us.
Notice the question in her voice when she seeks to interpret Gibson's question. "His worldview?" she asks as her voice lilts upward. She just doesn't know; she's probing for the answer.