The wingnuts are naturally in denial over Sarah Palin’s disastrous appearance with Gibson yesterday. Take Andy McCarthy, for example, who calls criticisms of her being totally unaware of the current Republican administration’s central foreign policy doctrine "a bunch of nonsense."
The Bush Doctrine, technically, is not asserting a right of preemptive attack. It is saying that if Country A facilitates terror, it is responsible for that terrorist organization’s strikes, and therefore we can attack Country A. That is not preemptive; it is retributive.
Zzzzzzt! I’m so sorry, Andy — that’s incorrect. The Bush Doctrine, according to George W. Bush, includes:
We must be prepared to stop rogue states and their terrorist clients before they are able to threaten or use weapons of mass destruction against the United States and our allies and friends….The United States has long maintained the option of preemptive actions to counter a sufficient threat to our national security. The greater the threat, the greater is the risk of inaction— and the more compelling the case for taking anticipatory action to defend ourselves, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy’s attack. To forestall or prevent such hostile acts by our adversaries, the United States will, if necessary, act preemptively.
Maybe Palin is the perfect veep for the GOP after all.