If the Bush Doctrine allows for the invasion of a country due to a real or potential threat of terrorism from that country, does that mean that India can invade the US, or at least Illinois?He was referring, of course, to the fact that a Chicago man, David C. Headley, has been charged with helping to plot the attacks on Mumbai that left 163 people dead and many more injured. Mr. Headley helped the group Lashkar-e-Taiba identify targets, including luxury hotels, a crowded train station, and a Jewish community center. Mr. Headley was originally arrested in October in connection with attempting to attack a newspaper in Denmark that published cartoons of Muhammed. Interestingly, even the US government seems willing to admit that terrorists are everywhere, including the US.
Federal officials said the case against Mr. Headley underscored the potential threat posed by American citizens who could use their ability to travel easily across borders in support of such plots. The assistant attorney general for national security, David Kris, said, “This case serves as a reminder that the terrorist threat is global in nature and requires constant vigilance at home and abroad.”U.S. Man Accused of Helping Plot 2008 Mumbai Attack - NYTimes.com. Now, I"m no Dick Cheney, but it seems to me that both India and Denmark have a perfectly legitimate reason to invade the US according to the prevailing concept of US foreign policy, the Bush Doctrine that can now also be referred to as the Bush/Obama Doctrine. According to the Bush Doctrine, the US has the right to both attack countries that harbor terrorists and also engage in preemptive wars with countries that might pose a threat at some point in the future. It is this doctrine that justified the invasion of Afghanistan as well as the invasion of Iraq and the destruction of the Iraqi regime. No attacks were ever committed by the Afghan government against the US nor by the Iraqis. So now India and Denmark must invade the US. And how could the US possibly oppose such an invasion? After all, we invented the notion of preemptive war (at least post WWII). But I would advise the India-Denmark coalition to perhaps limit their invasion to Illinois- a flat state and therefore easily controlled. They don't want to end up with an Afghanistan on their hands.