preemptive attack

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preemptive attack

An attack initiated on the basis of incontrovertible evidence that an enemy attack is imminent.
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Murphy also introduced a bill prohibiting President Trump from starting a preemptive war against North Korea, absent an imminent threat or without express authorization from Congress.
Bush and his team that led to preemptive war in Iraq in 2003 taking in account the discourse and literature that was generated before, during and after the war.
He is also pushing for a war against Syria and Gaza under the pretext of a preemptive war.
A US-led preemptive war on the Korean Peninsula, for example, could lead to a direct confrontation with China and the destruction of South Korea, and would have unforeseeable implications for Japan.
In an interview with Fox News's "The Story," Sullivan said, "[I]f one of the military options that the administration is looking at is a preemptive war on the Korean peninsula launched by the United States, that would require the authorization of Congress.
If you don't accept that first premise, then it's difficult to justify or accept the statement that a preemptive war is justified.
If all that matters is the sum total of 'goodness,' then you can justify any number of that actions, like torturing one innocent person to save a hundred or preemptive war," Chidi explains.
Unfortunately, rather than embracing a noninterventionist position that is consistent with the Constitution, McCain is a committed neoconservative, especially in matters of foreign intervention and preemptive war.
When it was later revealed that most of its members were falling in areas, which are far from those shrines, the Shiite party came up with the excuse that it has launched a preemptive war to defend Lebanon.
Foreign Policy," Trachtenberg convincingly argues that the "Bush Doctrine" of preemptive war was nothing new.
A preemptive war is one of the hardest decisions a government is forced to take, since it will never be able to prove what would have happened if it didn't work," Netanyahu added.
When a hundred scholars and ethicists signed a petition that read, "As Christian ethicists, we share a common moral presumption against a preemptive war on Iraq by the United States," Elshtain argued the opposite, publishing the book Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World in 2003.