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Author Topic: Bush Preemptive Strike Doctrine May Be Discarded  (Read 722 times)
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« on: October 15, 2009, 03:46:27 PM »

I feel safer already.  endless "engagement" with tyrants and lunatics that want to kill americans simply because they are americans sounds like a much better idea than killing them before they have a chance to kill us.  and the UN will protect americans, too.  yeah, we'll be fine.
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Bush Preemptive Strike Doctrine Under Review, May Be Discarded
 Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Pentagon is reviewing the Bush administration’s doctrine of preemptive military strikes with an eye to modifying or possibly ending it.

The international environment is “more complex” than when President George W. Bush announced the policy in 2002, Kathleen Hicks, the Defense Department’s deputy undersecretary for strategy, said in an interview. “We’d really like to update our use-of-force doctrine to start to take account for that.”

The Sept. 11 terrorist strikes prompted Bush to alter U.S. policy by stressing the option of preemptive military action against groups or countries that threaten the U.S. Critics said that breached international norms and set a dangerous precedent for other nations to adopt a similar policy.

The doctrine is being reassessed as part of the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review of strategy, force structure and weapons programs. Hicks is overseeing the review.

“We are looking very explicitly at use of force and use of forces,” she said. “We are looking at how to articulate the use of the U.S. military instrument -- how we use military force to achieve national objectives.”

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