This page is about the doublespeak term pre-emptive attack
Meaning: a surprise attack before declaring war or invading a country
- The 1941 Japanese pre-emptive attack on Pearl Harbour almost destroyed the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
- Before invading Iraq, the U.S. military carried out pre-emptive missile attacks on Baghdad.
Also "pre-emptive strike"
Pre-emptive attacks are usually carried out
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Contributor: Matt Errey