To avoid blame, Cantor claimed that the Democrats were intending to do the same and he just wanted to preempt them.
The Obama team was right to preempt the Brazil/Turkish pact on nuclear exchanges with Iran.
So this year, take action and preempt the chocolate raid by making him these fabulous melting and fudgy brownies for Father's Day.
Tokyo was hoping to preempt a more nationalistic potential buyer from making the purchase.
The more you do to preempt criticism from people like Dick Cheney, the more your policies resemble theirs.
The Indian government has demanded access to Headley to determine if he has information that could preempt other attacks.
Netanyahu would arguably be trying to preempt—not an Iranian nuclear attack—but the reelection of Barack Obama.