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<The speech, wrote Peter Riddell, a sober columnist for the London Times, "signaled the most far-reaching shift in American foreign policy for more than 50 years.">

A few months ago I saw an interview with author James Carroll concerning the political dynamics of his family. He spoke of how his experience as an ex-priest and anti- Vietnam War activist had compared with his father's role as a Pentagon strategist and his brother's Naval Intelligence activities during the same period. Anyway he mentioned that for the last few decades there has been a debate within the Pentagon regarding the pre-emptive strike policy. Up till now the resolution has been that the very idea of making pre-emptive strikes was singularly un-American and beyond the pale. He noted however that recently the balance of power has shifted toward those elements in the military that have long advocated for such a policy and with the executive branch on board there was a real danger that this very dangerous precedent would be adopted.


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You remember the Caroline incident??? 276 Astikapati 02-Jul-02 23:05
Pre-emptive murder 136 Lee McGiffen 03-Jul-02 10:31
Re: You remember the Caroline incident??? 188 Briffits 03-Jul-02 10:47
How new is it? 130 Akhenaten 03-Jul-02 11:32
How FAIR is it? 125 drak1 03-Jul-02 15:45
Re: How FAIR is it? 130 Akhenaten 04-Jul-02 17:43
Blatant hypocrisy + rage inducers 111 drak1 04-Jul-02 22:30
Re: Blatant hypocrisy + rage inducers 185 Akhenaten 05-Jul-02 11:23
Re: You remember the Caroline incident??? 147 Astikapati 04-Jul-02 08:06
Re: You remember the Caroline incident??? 135 Briffits 05-Jul-02 04:24
Pre-emption and terrorism 114 Lee McGiffen 05-Jul-02 04:41
Lee 159 Astikapati 05-Jul-02 05:34
Re: Pre-emption and terrorism 118 Briffits 05-Jul-02 09:45
Briffits 179 Astikapati 05-Jul-02 05:05

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