The Temptation of Preventive War

  • Robert J. Jackson
  • Philip Towle


As the last chapter showed, to the consternation of most of its closest allies, US outrage at 9/11 combined with the strength of its armed forces tempted the Bush administration to overthrow the Iraqi government. But the temptations of power extend well beyond this. As the world’s only superpower, the United States could be enticed into making even more preventive attacks on other states that appear to be developing the capability to threaten the United States sometime in the future. 9/11 has dramatically increased that temptation.


Nuclear Weapon Terrorist Attack Mass Destruction Chemical Weapon Nuclear Programme 
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© Robert J. Jackson and Philip Towle 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Jackson
    • 1
  • Philip Towle
    • 2
  1. 1.University of RedlandsUSA
  2. 2.Centre of International StudiesCambridge UniversityUK

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