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Amanda Thomann English102-30 2-5-08 Summary Response Journal 2 Chapter 2 essays U.S. use of preemptive military force: the historical record By: Richard F. Grimmett 1. Richard F. Grimmett gives a broad generalization on what could be considered as preemptive or noteworthy. He also assumes that the “facts” he is giving are true. 2. Richard Grimmett is a national defense specialist in the foreign affairs, defense, and trade division of the U.S. Congressional Research Service. 3. Grimmett gives a factual argument in order to convince the reader of the historical validity. He claims there has never been a preemptive strike with the exception of the Spanish American War, prior to the attack on Iraq. 4. Grimmett reviews the past military history of the United States that could be considered preemptive action. He states that we have never taken preemptive action prior to the attack on Iraq with the exception of the Spanish American War. 5. The first example of the United States involvement in a conflict is that of the Spanish American war. We did take preemptive action only because we were trying to “compel” Spain to give political independence to Cuba. He then mentions the Mexican War, WWI, WWII, the Russian Civil War, and Korean, Persian Gulf and the Bosnian and Kosovo operations. Grimmett claims that any actions taken by the United States in these conflicts were all in response to actions taken upon us. Central America and the Caribbean are discussed and he states that if they had a stable government in existence that it would be less likely that they would try to use the military to protect their economic interests. 6.
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2009 for the course GENERAL 101 taught by Professor Thomann during the Spring '09 term at Mott Community College.

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