Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sarah Palin's myopic world view

Sarah Palin's razor-thin grasp of anything resembling foreign policy was exposed in all of its ugliness when Charlie Gibson tried to get her views on the Bush Doctrine:

GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?

PALIN: In what respect, Charlie?

GIBSON: The Bush -- well, what do you -- what do you interpret it to be?

PALIN: His world view.

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 hell bent 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, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?

PALIN: Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.

Palin's stunning lack of knowledge about the guiding philosophy of Bush's foreign policy is shocking in its ignorance. She seemed to get really irked and snippy in her replies as the exchange went along. I can't blame her, no one wants to look like a complete fool on national TV. Watch the clip.


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