The strategy of Defensive Preemption can be articulated as being a strategy in
which the United States defends its own security and vital interests at all costs, even if
and when this means the use of nuclear weapons, unconventional warfare, brute force,
armed influence, and preemptive strikes on other countries, figureheads, or organizations.
The strategy of Defensive Preemption includes the idea of keeping all options open when
deciding how and when to defend the United States, much like the “flexible response”
doctrine of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
The doctrine of Defensive
Preemption includes the idea of that in order to defend the United States, we must
diplomatically (when possible) or militarily (when necessary) eliminate threats where
they originate before they have the chance to become a devastating attack on the United
Preferably, this policy will be carried out multilaterally, however when
multilateralism fails, the United States can and should unilaterally make decisions and
take action concerning its own security.
In essence, this strategy states that we must
bring the war to the enemy before the enemy brings the war to us.
This strategy also
includes the idea that once we have eliminated a specific immediate threat, we must do
everything in our power to assure our own security in both the near and distant future,
including creating environments in which threats to the United States will not grow, but
will die out on their own.
In many cases, this idea includes the spread of democracy.
Inherent in this grand strategy is the idea that we must be willing to pay a price for
freedom and security now so that we do not have to pay an even greater price for freedom
and security later, hence the idea of preemption.
In my opinion, this strategy can be
viewed as a continuation of previous grand strategies, particularly the “Prevailing”
strategy implemented by the Reagan Administration, which, subsequently, was a
continuation of previous grand strategies such as the Truman Administration’s “Sword
and Shield,” Eisenhower’s “New Look,” Nixon’s “Strategy of Sufficiency,” and Carter’s
The ideas and developments made by these strategies have
logically culminated into the current grand strategy of Defensive Preemption, a strategy
which can not only be used to ensure the security of the United States, but will also be
useful in cementing the security of the world, especially those countries and peoples
whose interests do not threaten the security of the United States.
Prior to the invasion in Iraq, the United States as well as most other countries in