preemptive attack

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preemptive attack

An attack initiated on the basis of incontrovertible evidence that an enemy attack is imminent.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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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.
It now means preemptive war as a last resort." He added that this "preemption is becoming more likely as their technology matures.
He is also pushing for a war against Syria and Gaza under the pretext of a preemptive war." Talking about the U.S.
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."
The third way between more fruitless talks and a catastrophically risky preemptive war would be to impose on the North, for the first time, truly stringent economic sanctions, comparable to the ones that brought Iran to the nuclear bargaining table."
"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.
As time passed and as more Hezbollah members died - although most casualties are not announced - Hezbollah exhausted its excuses with the first of them being that it is fighting in Syria to "defend sacred shrines." 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.