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Bush Reaffirms Preemptive War Doctrine

Posted on Mar 16, 2006

In an updated version of his national security strategy, the president gives no ground on the policy that led us into Iraq, and identifies Iran as being the country that poses the biggest challenge to the U.S.

Washington Post:

President Bush plans to issue a new national security strategy today reaffirming his doctrine of preemptive war against terrorists and hostile states with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, despite the troubled experience in Iraq.

The long-overdue document, an articulation of U.S. strategic priorities that is required by law, lays out a robust view of America’s power and an assertive view of its responsibility to bring change around the world. On topics including genocide, human trafficking and AIDS, the strategy describes itself as “idealistic about goals and realistic about means.”

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By J. Thomas Duffy, March 19, 2006 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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I’m not too sure about worrying about this ... It is, afterall, what this administration does the best - give us rhetoric ... They’ve already demonstrated, amply, that they can’t carry out a strategy

On The Garlic, I took a different take

New White House Iraq and Iran Group.”

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By felicity smith, March 16, 2006 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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There’s an article out, published yesterday I think, which says that Bushco is reversing its foreign policy bringing it in line with the foreign policy of Bill Clinton.  But then today we have a re-reversal? However, at this point in time I don’t think anyone’s listening because it’s the only way to avoid going stark staring mad. And, yes of course, invasion of Iran is imminent, but then why the reversing foreign policy statement?  Stop the world, I want to get off!!!

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By R. A. Earl, March 16, 2006 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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GWB is even more narrow-minded, short-sighted, ignorant, jingoistic and dangerous than I had imagined.

It’s only a matter of time when the “bully” - you know, the one or the country who assumes the right to intimidate and abuse others - runs up against an even bigger bully. The confrontation usually puts the original bully out of commission permanently.

I’ve never heard of a bully abdicating his right to abuse others until forced to do so, have you?

Iran is not Iraq. The population supports its leadership. If the US thinks it has trouble in Iraq just wait until the Iranians retaliate.

Like the guy said… “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

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By Michelle Meyer, March 16, 2006 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
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So when North Korea moves preemptively against South Korea that will be OK and when China moves against Taiwan preemptively that will be OK. How can this lying administration sanction and condone it’s behavior while admonishing other nations for the same? How can WE THE PEOPLE stand by and let this

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By Stephen, March 16, 2006 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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Bush´s re-statement of his Iraq policy is really a precursor for the invasion of Iran.

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By MattW, March 16, 2006 at 8:10 am Link to this comment
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How can he change his mind now?  Cheney’s Project for a New American Century calls for a 100 years of preempitive action…we haven’t even gotten through a decade…I recommend strong buys on defense stocks!

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