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McCain won't rule out pre-emptive war

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.elpasotimes.com/politics/ci_8866861 McCain won t rule out pre-emptive war By LIBBY QUAID Associated Press Writer Article Launched: 04/09/2008
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 9, 2008

      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.¬óRepublican 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.
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