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Pre-emptive War

 
  

Project: History of US Interventions

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1848

       Abraham Lincoln writes 'Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion ... and you allow him to make war at pleasure.'. [E-Text; Article]
          

Today

       The Bush Doctrine being used to justify war on Iraq - 'To forestall or prevent such hostile acts by our adversaries, the United States will, if necessary, act preemptively.' [US National Security Strategy; Article]
          


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