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McCain won't rule out pre-emptive war By LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press Writer
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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 unlikely.


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.

I wonder if this will cost him votes? I personally feel that sometimes pre-emptive strikes are needed.
 

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hate to say it, but i think the war on terrorism is going to take a back seat this election to the ecnomy. with the recession, $112.00/barrel oil, talk of $4.00/gal gasoline, the economy has gone south and the majority are looking more towards answers to fix problems on the home front instead of overseas.

If this thing don't get turned around, its gonna get far worse than most folks can imagine............

And i have not heard much from mcain about problems on the home front. If the demos beat him, it will be on economic issues, not war.
 

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And i have not heard much from mcain about problems on the home front. If the demos beat him, it will be on economic issues, not war.
I'd have to agree. Unforunately I haven't heard anything that's really going to improve much of anything. I think the economy is going to continue to sag for a while yet. No matter who gets in the White House.
 

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I agree. Look at all the promises the Dems made if they gained control of the house and senate in 06! Nothing's been accomplished. Big talk, but it's a big machine, this economy. And it takes a long time to turn around, accelerate, slow down, etc.

The war on terror takes a back seat until there's another attack. Then guess what? People could give a rat's a$$ about $4 gas. They want security.
 
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