Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Bush Doctrine, as viewed by a Princeton Dean

Cliff May has a brilliant post at The Corner that begins:

I think Charles Krauthammer makes a persuasive case that Charlie Gibson's understanding of the Bush Doctrine is wafer thin. I also think Rich is correct to say that Palin's answer demonstrates that she has a lot of material to master over the weeks ahead — and over the years ahead should the McCain/Palin ticket prevail.

But ask yourself: How would a real foreign policy sophisticate have replied to Gibson’s question?

Well, Anne-Marie Slaughter is the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. She was interviewed by Alan Johnson, for a book titled: "Global Politics After 9/11: The Democratiya Interviews."

Here's how the exchange begins:

Johnson: What are the central differences, and what are the elements of continuity, if any exist, between 'the Bush doctrine' and the 'grand strategy of forging a world of liberty under law'?

Slaughter: Tell me what you mean by 'The Bush Doctrine'.

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