Benyamin Korn Expands on the ‘Palin Doctrine’

In a piece in the New York Sun last week, Benyamin Korn introduced us to the concept of the “Palin Doctrine”. Today, in a piece at Jews For Sarah, Korn expands on the concept.

Nearly one month ago, the incumbent GOP vice presidential candidate became the first major American political figure to call for imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. Finally, in the past week, Palin’s idea was adopted by – in quick succession – the Arab League, the UN Security Council, and President Obama. Finally this week allied ordnance began striking Moammar Qaddhafi’s forces. Let’s hope it’s not too late.

Libya is just the latest major foreign policy challenge where Gov. Palin has confounded her detractors and demonstrated that, just as with Reagan, good instincts and a sound worldview are what count when a leader’s telephone rings at 3:00 a.m.

We call it the Palin Doctrine. It’s based on the principles that allies should be supported, dictators reviled, terrorists hunted down and enemies defeated. It also means the western world will not stand by at the bloody repression of a democratic revolution.

These notions might be self-evident to some, but they’re not to President Obama, who cannot bring himself even to utter the words “Islamist” and “terrorist” in the same sentence. One of his top intelligence officials actually told Congress last month that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “largely secular” organization. Ms. Palin, by contrast, denounced as a “shame” the administration’s offer to the Brotherhood of a seat at the table of power in Egypt’s newly evolving system.

The Palin Doctrine contrasts sharply with the Obama Doctrine which is characterized by his tendency to put off making a decision as long as possible by endlessly dithering and vacillating as if he’s presiding over a seminar of academics at Harvard rather than leading the free world.  When, at long last, he finally does make a decision, it invariably involves minimizing or apologizing for America’s greatness, while at the same time coddling America’s enemies and alienating our allies. 

Who can forget Obama’s decision to appease Putin and throw staunch allies Poland and the Czech Republic under the bus?  In this spirit, an Obama’s foreign policy adviser actually suggested the U.S. should…defend Iran against Israel.  This particular advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was one of the architects of Jimmy Carter’s vaunted foreign policy.  This, of course, is not surprising as Obama’s economic policies resemble Jimmy Carter’s.  Why should foreign policy be any different?  This similarity is not lost on Korn, who observes the following:

Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy was marked by indecision, weakness, and a the abandonment of long-standing U.S. Allies. The resolute Reagan Doctrine of peace through strength restored America’s standing in the world and brought down the Soviet empire without firing a shot. Barack Obama’s foreign policy is looking more like Carter’s every day. And Sarah Palin’s looks more and more like Reagan’s.

In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan worked tirelessly to clean up Carter’s malaise and restore America’s spirit, economy and international standing, and his success in that endeavor ranks him as one of America’s greatest presidents. If Governor Palin runs for president in 2012, she will essentially have to perform the same task.  Fortunately she, like Reagan, understands America’s unique place in human history, and that the solutions to Obama’s malaise, though not easy, are simple.  This makes her uniquely qualified among today’s leaders to successfully accomplish this undertaking.  

Read the rest of Mr. Korn’s piece here.



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