Debra J. Saunders

For example, Rowley asserted that "the administration's new policy of 'pre-emptive strikes' abroad is not consistent with the Department of Justice's 'deadly force policy' for law enforcement officers."

Wrong on two counts.

As FBI spokesman John Iannarelli pointed out, Rowley's not even accurate on the law enforcement side. "Use of deadly force by law enforcement is pre-emptive by nature. If you're not in a position to do that pre-emptively, you're probably already dead."

I'll add: Pre-emptive strikes are hardly new. Just ask folks in Kosovo, Bosnia and Panama.

What's more, Hussein started this mess by pre-emptively striking against U. N. resolutions essential to keeping the peace -- over and over again for 12 years.

Debra J. Saunders

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