The pretext for going to war is that Iraq is bristling with weapons of mass destruction.
Consumer groups however expressed some concern that weighing costs and benefits might be used as a pretext to justify inaction.
Often the van will have the name of a shop or utility company to provide some pretext for its being in the area.
The evils natural to state communism have been increased ten-fold under the pretext that all our misery is due to foreign intervention.
The standard pretext for disguise is the loss of power, forcing the ruler to use covert surveillance to regain his title.
One scheme involved hiring attorneys to represent children during divorce, a practice generally regarded as a pretext to appoint cronies of the judge.
The attack on civil liberties under the pretext of fighting terrorism draws parallels with the rise of Hitlerite fascism.
The U.S. administration has exploited the tragic events of September 11, under the pretext of fighting terrorism, to implement the pre-existing strategy.
SNH has now removed substantial numbers of hefted ewes from the hills of Cairnsmore on the pretext of looking after Scotland 's natural heritage.
The young marchioness had beautiful ear-rings, and two rings, which gave me a pretext for admiring the beauty of her hands.
It did not finish the job and, according to the FFH, gave no plausible pretext to justify interrupting the work.
It is about attempting to use the pretext of war against Slobodan Milosevic to dominate the whole of the Balkans.
Reports of large Yugoslav troop movements around Kosova have created a further pretext for NATO to repeat its threat to launch military action.
He must have found some pretext for giving her an injection.
The church in this village had been harassed by local authorities, who may have been seeking a pretext to arrest the church leaders.
These were genuine enough but became the pretext for excessive equity valuations, fueling a general economic boom.
The harassment against Cuba could serve as a pretext for an invasion.
Weapons of mass destruction offered little more than a convenient pretext for a war conjured up to serve a multiplicity of ends.
On the contrary their aim is to perpetuate instability in the region and provide the pretext for further intervention in the future.
If true its a much better pretext for an attack on Iraq than the tenuous link to the anthrax scare.
There may be another pretext for an action - the Iraqi weapons program.
The question is does the other side want to get to the same conclusion or are they looking for a pretext for aggression?
Was taking the country to war on a false pretext not an error of judgment?
Agents can freely make pretext calls to criminal elements by using caller ID spoofing.
Meanwhile, whenever a " suitable " pretext presents itself, Israeli troops use bulldozers to inflict " collective punishment.
It would be a very unprofitable pretext for murder.
Many people to whom the Colonel owed a grudge were, on the slightest pretext, incarcerated in the dungeon.
Under the pretext of snuffing the candle, they put it out.