In foreign policy, what is a preventive war?
A. The policy of preventing war through a strong system of international alliances
B. An attack made on another nation because it might attack you in the future
C. The use of force to prevent an attack in a situation where immediate action is the only possible option
D. The technique of undermining another nation’s actions by declaring your own policy before they have a chance, as President Monroe did with the Monroe Doctrine
Israel followed this policy to great effect when it learned that Syria, Egypt, Jordan were going to attack. Comically, I think Syria was holding a military parade, and boasted about an imminent attack on israel. The Israelis heard and attacked first.
They decimated the opposition.
Keep the military big and contain the spread of Communism. This was called Containment – preventing the spread of Communism to places where it wasn’t already the form of government. Containment could take different forms: military action (example:Vietnam War) Economic aid to allies (example:The Marshall Plan) Diplomacy (example: Formation of NATO).
In the case of American foriegn policy–pre-emptive means economic advantage for corporations. A preventive war kept Iraq from legally selling their oil to competitors.
International potluck and singing and dancing and goodwill towards all. Ooops, I just had a John Lennon moment.