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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68) Put another way, the best way to defeat the Soviet threat was through preemptive attack, not deterrence and retaliation.
For example, according to the United States Department of Defense, a preemptive attack is defined as "an attack initiated on the basis of incontrovertible evidence that an enemy attack is imminent".
North Korea, through its official media, on Wednesday condemned the upcoming exercises, calling them ''dangerous saber-rattling aimed at rounding off their preparations for joint military actions, pursuant to their scenario for a war of aggression against (North Korea) and mounting a surprise preemptive attack on it.
In modern international law and just war theory there has always been a narrowly drawn category of legitimate preemptive attack or, as the lawyers prefer to phrase it, "anticipatory self-defense.
Israel sees Iran's nuclear aspirations as an existential threat, and has been pondering a preemptive attack on Iran's nuclear sites.
However, the law enforcement agent has to "wait" for that particular irreversible time point to justify his preemptive attack.
From the beginning, the authors immerse the reader in discussions on making decisions with incomplete information, consensus building between nation-states, and cost-benefit analyses as they pertain to preemptive attack.
Topics addressed include presidential aggrandizement and congressional acquiescence in the "War on Terror," implementation of the Bush doctrine on preemptive attack, realist and reflectivist perspectives on international relations and the "War on Terror," US military strategy and strategic culture, the failure of US pre-war intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, the "War on Terror" and contemporary US-European relations, and US-UK relations and the invasion of Iraq.
It was an internationally illegal preemptive attack, based on a set of reasons, all of which were shown to be false.
We don't need to: all of them are, in point of fact, carrying out a "'heavy sustained assault" for an imminent preemptive attack on Iran.
Further, because Finland was the victim of what Stalin was styling a preemptive attack, the Allies might have a way to weaken Nazi Germany economically.
But if we can justify a preemptive attack without any imminent threat to us or our allies, there is no principled reason why another country cannot do the same thing against the United States.