Preemptive Strikes

September 11, 2008

Yglesias makes an important point about Palin’s response to the Bush Doctrine (once she was told what it was): she said that preemptive strikes would be justified if we had reason to believe an attack is imminent. That isn’t the McCain/Bush position; they don’t think the attack has to be imminent. No one ever argued that Iraq posed an imminent threat, just that it posed a threat. But, pace Yglesias, she didn’t commit herself to that being the only situation under which a strike would be justified, so I don’t seem them having any trouble recovering on the off chance that someone notices or cares.

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