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Hey Gibson! About that Bush Doctrine: There are SIX of them. Palin was right again.

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2008

About that Bush Doctrine: There are SIX of them.

The First: is the Bush policy of pursuing and deploying missile defenses unilaterally if need be.

The Second: Is to treat nations who harbor or aid terrorist organizations will be treated no different then the terrorists themselves.

The Third: The United States, if the United Nations fails to act in a meaningful and satisfactory way, will use a “coalition of the willing” to battle terror groups and the states that aid and/or harbor them; and go after them where ever they are.

The Fourth: which was also echoed by Tony Blair, is that the best way to ensure the safety and security of civilisation is to actively support Democracy around the world. “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.” – G. W. Bush

Charles Krauthammer explains even further:

This declaration of a sweeping, universal American freedom agenda was consciously meant to echo John Kennedy’s pledge in his inaugural address that the United States “shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” It draws also from the Truman doctrine of March 1947 and from Wilson’s 14 points.

The Fifth: The No Neutrality Doctrine when it comes to international terror groups. You are either “With us or against us”.

The Sixth: A revival of the Doctrine of Preemptive Attack. Most media pundits and scholars who are sometimes a bit partisan and a bit lazy attribute this policy as being unprecedented and invented by President Bush. I however, being a writer who does his homework and research, understand that this is a revival and expansion of the Preemptive Attack Doctrine articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on September 11, 1941:

Do not let us be Hairsplitters Let us not ask ourselves whether the Americas should begin to defend themselves after the first attack, or the fifth attack, or the tenth attack, or the twentieth attack.

The time for active defense is now.

Do not let us split hairs. Let us not say: “We will only defend ourselves if the torpedo succeeds in getting home, or if the crew and the passengers are drowned.”

This is the time for prevention of attack.

If submarines or raiders attack in distant waters, they can attack equally well within sight of our own shores. Their very presence in any waters which America deems vital to its defense constitutes an attack.

In the waters which we deem necessary for our defense, American naval vessels and American planes will no longer wait until Axis submarines lurking under the water, or Axis raiders on the surface of the sea, strike their deadly blow — first.

The Bottom Line: When Gibson asked Governor Palin about “The Bush Doctrine” and asked in response, “In what respect Charlie?” Palin was absolutely correct to ask that question. When pressed further Palin described the second and third Bush Doctrine, Gibson was talking about number six. So once again Palin’s answer was as correct as Gibson’s. If ABC had a residue of introspective they would feel embarrassed.

UPDATE: Michelle Makin posted about this – sorry I missed her post earlier. I was caught up watching Geraldo and the hurricane coverage. Geraldo put his life in danger out there last night. Granted it was gripping television, but it wasn’t worth the risk IMO.

UPDATE II: Newsbusters post about the Gibson interview with John Edwards – enlightening to say the least.

UPDATE III: I was parusing youtube on Feb. 28, 2009 and found this video of Karl Rove making the exact same point we did here in the Vision.

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