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to prevent a country from developing a technology is a preemptive military action (war).

to prevent = to preempt

preempt - to forestall or prevent (something anticipated) by acting first
war = a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations

Rand said that using the US using the military to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon was an option. That is the definition of preemptive war. Rand said preemptive war is an option.

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