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1 The Bush Doctrine: definitions and interpretations of prevention and pre- emption

The grave threat our nation faced lies at the crossroads of rad icalism and tech no logy. . . . We must be prepared to stop rogue states and their terrorist clients before they are able to threaten or use WMD against the US and our allies and friends. . . . Given the goals of rogue states and terrorists, the US can no longer solely rely on a re act ive posture as we have in the past. The US has long maintained the option of pre-emption actions to counter a sufficient threat to our national secur ity.3