charlie gibson asked sarah palin about the bush doctrine… and i wonder what he thought it meant.  i dont think bush has ever published his doctrine… it was generally the press or tv media that tagged his statements as ‘the bush doctrine’

i am not trying to defend sarah palin and surprised that she was not ready for that question, but also trying to figure out in my own mind what the ‘bush doctrine’ really is

is it the wikipedia version? is it the administrations version? is it the conservative version? is it the liberal version? is it the media version?

in all of the speeches, i think there are 4 distinct versions out there….

the original was the speech right after 9/11 when bush said that any state sponsors of terrorists would be  treated the same as terrorists.

the media ceased on the right of america to pre-emptively attack any nation that posed a threat roughly in sept 2002

there was another that the administration belief that they would work through international when possible, then through ad-hoc coalition of willing if they needed, and finally act alone to meet terrorist threats

and finally there is the narrative of the ability of the united states to remove terrorists by spreading democracy in the middle east … namely iraq

so people might jump on sarah palin about her not knowing what charlie meant by the question, but i think she also did fine asking in what respect or scope the question was trying to get an answer