--- Speed Read: The Bush Strategy Report A new document lays out a justification for preemptive attacks. What else does it say? By MATTHEW COOPER/WASHINGTON
Earlier today, the White House unveiled the augustly titled "National Security Strategy of the United States of America," which sounds like something out of a Tom Clancy novel. Here's what you need to know about it.
... What does it say?
Despite the difficulties in Iraq, the 49-page report unapologetically reasserts the administration's belief in the doctrine of pre-emption, attacking states or terrorists groups that it believes are a threat to the United States before they can attack us. It declares diplomacy to be the first option in resolving crises, but goes on to say that "we do not rule out the use of force before attacks occur, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack." The document also reiterates the administration's commitment to spreading democracy around the world.
So does that mean we're going to attack Iran or another threatening country?
Hardly. The document is not binding and it's largely theoretical. After all, since 9/11 North Korea is widely assumed to have developed at least a few nuclear weapons and Iran has continued with its nuclear program, and we've taken no military action against either country. Indeed, the U.S. military is bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan and is severely limited in what it can do elsewhere. Still, the document turns up the heat on Iran saying, "we face no greater challenge from a single country than from Iran,"�though it notably does not single out North Korea as a major threat on the horizon.
I guess Iraq was just theoritical. Luckily we know our beloved Shrubenfurher would never do anything really stupid.
(Good thing we have the liberal media to cover things.)