From an Associated Press report, 6/11/2002, on President Bush's intentions to introduce a "strike first" military policy in this fall's national security strategy presentation to Congress:
Cheney ... emphasized that the United States has a special responsibility to initiate military action if it will thwart grand-scale terrorist plots before they happen.
"The nature and scale of the challenge we face became apparent last year on the morning of Sept. 11," Cheney said. "It is now clear that every aspiration we have for the countries we serve -- our prosperity, our security and the peace of the world -- all depend upon our answer to that threat of global terror."
Specifically, he said, Iraq poses a threat because its leader, Saddam Hussein, has shown a willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, and because there is potential for Saddam's government to link up with terrorist networks.