In July 2011, the seven-time Tour de France winner mounted a preemptive strike against 60 Minutes.
Mike Giglio on why the plea could be a preemptive strike against looming accusations.
Third, he relied on spotty intelligence and the threat of chemical weapons to justify a preemptive strike.
A first-strike attack with nuclear weapons carried out to destroy an enemy's capacity to respond. A preemptive strike is based on the assumption that the enemy is planning an imminent attack.