She didn’t know what he meant and asked for clarification, which he refused to give. So she ventured a general answer.
Finally, he sneered at her over his half-glasses, and ponderously explained what he meant, playing the long-suffering professor, contemptuously instructing the naive Freshman.
Here are the facts:
- There is no Administration policy or government publication or law or executive order with the official name “Bush Doctrine.”
- In his column in the Washington Post Charles Krauthammer, who was first to use the label and is as authoritative as anyone, lists four Bush Administration policies or initiatives that have been called “The Bush Doctrine” by major media outlets.
- The Bush-haters in Congress and the media have carelessly applied the label in scores of ways. Law enforcement policies they disliked, tax cuts they disliked, poverty, illness, high priced gasoline, and crowded airports, have all been called “The Bush Doctrine.”
Only by being a mind reader could Sarah Palin have known what Charlie Gibson meant by “The Bush Doctrine.”