The doctrine of preemption has a long and distinguished history in the history of American foreign policy.
Truman is now seen as a near-great president because he put in place the containment doctrine boosted by the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan and NATO, which historians now see as having been at the center of American success in the cold war.
Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
The Book of Mormon is the ‘keystone’ of our religion, and the Doctrine and Covenants is the ‘capstone,’ with continuing latter day revelation. The Lord has placed His stamp of approval on both the keystone and the capstone.
For this reason poets and artists developed the doctrine of Art for Art’s Sake. The community did not appear to need them, so, tit for tat, they did not need the community. This being granted, it was no longer necessary or even desirable to make one’s poetry either intelligible or sympathetic to the community.
There are some kinds of Christianity that insist you have to believe literally in doctrine. The Gnostic gospels open out the complexity and multiplicity of approaches to this. If you think the story of the virgin birth is mistranslated, for instance, it doesn’t mean you have to throw out the whole thing.
If there is one great power, and the great power has taken upon itself the right to preempt and is choosing for itself when and in what circumstances it’s going to do that, obviously it leads people in the rest of the world to wonder how far this doctrine extends.