McCain won't rule out pre-emptive war
By LIBBY QUAID Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 04/09/2008 04:10:34 PM MDT
WESTPORT, Conn.Republican Sen. John McCain refused
Wednesday to rule out a pre-emptive war against
another country, although he said one would be very
The likely Republican presidential nominee was asked
Wednesday at a town-hall style meeting if he would
reject "the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war," a
reference to Bush's decision to invade Iraq without it
having attacked the United States.
"I don't think you could make a blanket statement
about pre-emptive war, because obviously, it depends
on the threat that the United States of America
faces," McCain told his audience at Bridgewater
Associates Inc., a global investment firm.
"If someone is about to launch a weapon that would
devastate America, or have the capability to do so,
obviously, you would have to act immediately in
defense of this nation's national security interests."
McCain said he would consult more closely and more
carefully "not with every member of Congress, but
certainly the leaders of Congress."
The Iraq war was in the spotlight this week as Gen.
David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander there, gave
Congress a status report on the war. McCain argues for
keeping troops in Iraq to capitalize on security
gains, despite a recent outbreak of violence. His
Democratic rivals, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary
Rodham Clinton argue for withdrawing troops.