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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Monday, March 20, 2006

Bush, Adams and The Preemptive Strike

Preemptive strikes are back in the news, only if you read the negative connotations attached to the term. Critics like to call preemption the "Bush Doctrine" but they fail in their history lesson. Even a quick "Google" search brings you back to President Bush, as though going to war is his idea.
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Preemption is also prevention. Should we wait for another Pearl Harbor or 9/11 to go to war? Should diplomacy carry the day because the soft Europeans compare our President to Adolf Hitler? Should we wait for our subways and trains to be bombed as in England and Spain?
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Prevention as a tactic through preemptive strikes keeps the enemy off balance and the war off American soil. 9/11 exposed our vulnerability to attack and demonstrated that a multilateral foreign policy, utilizing the United Nations and Nato were inadequate in protecting U.S. citizens.
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John Quincy Adams first invoked preemption, hegemony and unilateralism as Secretary of State and later as President. The Monroe Doctrine, actually the Adams Doctrine, was a warning to Europe to stay out of U.S. affairs. Closer examination shows this doctrine would require action first, off shore to protect American interests at home.
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The Monroe Doctrine brings forth the first standard of independent American foreign policy. Diplomacy for the sake of economics and a foreign policy that creates an illusion of safety is a dangerous national security policy. The threat of terrorists and nations who openly threaten our way of life changes the rule of past administrations who looked the other way to satisfy our so-called allies across the pond.
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The attack on Pearl Harbor and later 9/11 revealed that Americans no longer have the luxury of geographical separation from everyone else who might threaten them. The cold-war approach to security came off the table with 9/11 and preemption is increasingly more important as Iran's leaders threaten to attack our homeland with nuclear weapons they are secretly developing.
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Development of democracies is the preferred method to global peace and cooperation. However, preventing attacks like that of 9/11 require a strong offensive position which uses our complete power as a nation to ensure security and integrity as a nation.
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The recently released National Security Strategy put for by the Bush administration states, the United States seeks and supports democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. In the world today, the fundamental character of regimes matters as much as the distribution of power among them. The goal of our statecraft is to help create a world of democratic, well-governed states that can meet the needs of their citizens and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. This is the best way to provide enduring security for the American people.
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When democratization methods fail and eminent threat is on the horizon, preemption may be our final course to national security. Remove your enemy before they remove you!

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