preventive attack

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a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces

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Note that this analysis, although it discusses the war power in terms of a preventive attack, still is focused on where the war power lies, that is, whether the President has the power to act without Congress.
Doyle struggles (as have other scholars in many nations over the past decade) to find criteria that would allow preventive attacks in an internationally acceptable framework.
In contrast, Israel's 1981 raid on Iraq's Osirak nuclear facility was a preventive attack.
Striking first; preemptive and preventive attack in U.
Preventive Attack and Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Comparative Historical Analysis, Lyle J.
A preventive use of military force, often referred to as a preventive intervention, is force designed to prevent an expected aggression--that is, an aggression expected to come sometime in the future from the target of the preventive attack.
The United States' insistence on carrying out a preventive attack on Iraq in the face of opposition from the U.
Hence, he formally regarded preventive attack as self-defense in dealing with terrorists.
In the long run, though, the preventive attack strengthened Saddam's grip on power at home and animated his military ambitions to try harder--in the name of defense.
For the United States, with military might second to none, preemptive, preventive attack may be a convenient rationale.
Even with a victory, we believe that the medical, economic, environmental, moral, spiritual, political and legal consequences of an American preventive attack on Iraq would undermine, not protect, US security and standing in the world.
Its 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," the French president claimed.
It has become clear that this campaign is launched at the request of Hezbollah specifically in order to protect the present government and mount a preventive attack with a view to weakening the political image of the Future Movement and the March 14 parties," it added.
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