The Preemptive-Strike Debate

American VoicesPoliticswariraq ISSUE 38•37 Oct 9, 2002

President Bush's standoff with Iraq has prompted debate over whether preemptive strikes are a justifiable U.S. military option. What do you think?

  • “ "Those Iraqis have had it coming for a long time, suffering under the oppressive rule of a maniacal tyrant like that.”

    Jon Gordimer –
    Delivery Driver

  • “Who's going to stop us, I ask you? The rest of the world? Excuse me while I laugh.”

    Eileen Stavros –
    Librarian

  • “If we don't take decisive action now, we run the risk of countless Iraqis continuing to live.”

    Rachel Eckert –
    English Teacher

  • “Preemptive strikes are a dicey proposition. How about a test strike on Spain, to see how that goes?”

    Craig Utrecht –
    Cashier

  • “What other choice do we have? We've already exhausted every possible effort to find bin Laden.”

    George Banks –
    Systems
    Analyst

  • “Hey, if you've got a fucking problem with it, you can talk to my fucking fist. I'll be in the Senate chambers.”

    Stephen
    Edwards –
    Legislator

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