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Monday, July 10, 2006

Time Magazine: Working To Be Wrong

The Time magazine cover story is titled: “The End of Cowboy Diplomacy - Why the 'Bush Doctrine' no longer works for Bush administration.

At least one part of the Bush Doctrine is the right of the US to pre-emptively attack another country when there is reasonable evidence that such a country has credible designs to attack you first. The Bush Doctrine is hated by the Left and thus this cover story announcing its demise.

The argument from the Left is that pre-emption is never acceptable and warfare, if it is ever allowable, can only be used in a counter-attack (i.e. after we suffer an attack). Traditional liberals seem to contend that a pre-emptive attack is acceptable only if the danger is a mathematic certainty (a Monday morning QB approach). I prefer a leader that does not wait until the bombs are heading to San Francisco before hitting the enemy.

Apparently, there are some people who do not want to wait until bombs are raining down on Tokyo. Those people are in Japan.

Per this AP Report :

Japan said Monday it was considering whether a pre-emptive strike on North Korea's missile bases would violate its constitution, signaling a hardening stance ahead of a possible Security Council vote…

Japan was badly rattled by North Korea's missile tests and several government officials openly discussed whether the country ought to take steps to better defend itself, including setting up the legal framework to allow Tokyo to launch a pre-emptive strike against Northern missile sites.

Time Magazine appears a bit premature in their announcement. How do you retrieve a few million copies of a magazine? You have to try really hard to be that bad.

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