Bush-s New First-Strike Security Doctrine

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President Bush-s blueprint for national security scraps the long-standing principles of deterrence and containment, which were established in the aftermath of World War II. The President has replaced them with a policy of preemptive action, even before an emerging threat has been fully formed. While supporters say it-s the only way to deal with the dangerous new world of high-technology terror, detractors warn that it could become an excuse for aggression, by other countries as well as the United States. We hear clashing opinions of the Bush doctrine and America-s role in the world from historians and foreign policy experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Center for Defense Information and the Council on Foreign Relations.
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British Dossier on Iraqi Threat

Office of the President

Defense Department

State Department

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Warren Olney