I am indebted to my brother-in-law Kal Hartstein who forwarded to me a blog outlining the truth of the origin and evolution of the Bush Doctrine,before the Charles Krauthammer piece (Real Clear Politics)
pointed out on Friday that CHARLIE was wrong.
In fact the Bush Doctrine is an evolving concept .TO WIT;
the Doctrine is described on........
March 2002-(NYT-Frank Rich)-any nation harboring or supporting terrorism = a hostile regime.
March 2002-(UK Guardian) imposed principles on small states re: terrorist activity,banking etc.
Jan 2003 (American Enterprise Institute)-defined principles of American global hegemony with anticipatory self-defense
Feb 2003-(PBS)-a whole set of premises,and anticipatory self-defense merely one facet.
March 2003-(Slate-Michael Kingsley)-asserted President's right to go to war without permission.
I will skip one or two
March 2005-(Krauthammer)-policy of democratic promotion in the Middle East.
Dec 2006-Phiips Gordon of Brookings)-4 basic assumptions,of which anticipatory self-defense is half of one.
Skip a few more
July 2007-(Barack Obama)-speaking to leaders of rogue nations if they first meet conditions laid out by US.
Jan. and May 2009 (Jeff Jacoby -Boston Globe)-warning to jihad sponsors:"You are either with us or you are with the terrorists".
Frank Rich(NYT) ,Charlie Gibson.Maureen Dowd and Tom Friedman and the rest of the liberal crowd are throwing the election into the McCain-Palin camp, by their angry one-sided vicious and mean-spirited attacks.
What is interesting is that the Obama folk and the liberal talking heads,won't even acknowledge the shift in the polls.Of course it's not over,but the smile is on our faces and not theirs.