Richard Betts notes that the difference between preemptive and preventive attack
"has often been confused, even by professional strategists.
March 10, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan People's Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) on Sunday said they carried out preventive attack
on two positions held by Sudanese army in Blue Nile state.
Richard Haass, a renowned Middle East expert in the Council for Foreign Relations says that he takes Israel's threat to launch a preventive attack
at face value.
We're afraid that a so-called preventive attack
on Iran might also destroy us.
The CNAS report is only the latest in a series of studies and analyses that have warned against a preventive attack
on Iran, particularly by Israel.
Even a successful preventive attack
would at most set back Iran's nuclear program a few years.
Sarkozy said last week that Iran's "military, nuclear and ballistic ambitions constitute a growing threat that may lead to a preventive attack
against Iranian sites that would provoke a major crisis that France wants to avoid at all costs.
There must be some further consideration that keeps the option of a preventive attack
on North Korea off the table.
Although the National Security Strategy and other policy statements use the word "preemption" to refer to a first strike against a perceived security threat, (12) "generations of historians, social scientists, legal scholars, and policymakers have defined preemption more restrictively, distinguishing preemptive from preventive attack
The moral questions he raises are, and should be, crucial to policy makers, but his framework is more suitable as an after-action analysis than as a guide to preventive attack
Some Russian politicians and generals have said Poland must be prepared for a preventive attack
on the site in the future.
The purpose of this RAND study is to answer three central questions that arise in light of this doctrinal change: 1) under what conditions is preemptive or preventive attack
worth considering or pursuing as a response to perceived security threats?