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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Just in the last week, we have very definitive and confirmed information that Iran is planning a preemptive attack against Israel," said Major General Vallely during the PJTV interview.
But, to do so, "imminent" (12) should be used in lieu of "last" to describe the emergency against which a preemptive attack would be justified.
Perhaps Huang thinks that we should opt for a preemptive attack on Iran?
But they were using the Soviet self-described preemptive attack on Finland to plan an invasion of Norway and Sweden.
So here's a quick review of what administration officials, including the president himself, told the nation and the world about why a preemptive attack on Iraq was essential:
That uncertainty made it difficult to marshal support for a preemptive attack on inflation--that is, for raising interest rates in anticipation of a rise in inflation.
The Pentagon's Defense Planning Guidance and the Quadrennial Defense Review projected an indefinite future of continuous and worldwide war, endorsed the policy of regime change, and championed preemptive attack as the means for securing peace through international acceptance of U.
The Prime Minister has been hamstrung in defending himself from the Tory leader's preemptive attack by the need to been seen not to prejudge the report.
It has taken a long time for an international consensus to build behind the view that a preemptive attack to prevent an enemy's potential attack is outside the boundaries of justified warfare.
During a June 1 commencement speech at West Point, President Bush rolled out his Doctrine of Preemptive Attack which states that the US can strike first or invade another nation if the administration merely asserts that a country poses a threat--even if that country has not presented a threat.
And if the United States decides to make a preemptive attack against Iraq, as the president seems hell-bent on doing, it'll pretty much be on its own.
But Jerusalem refused to authorize a preemptive attack -- a decision that had the full support of Washington.