It requested the Times refrain from publishing them to avoid giving insurgents a pretext to incite violence against soldiers.
There is the critical difference that in this case the U.S. administration is not looking for a pretext to go to war.
Neutralizing or defeating the FDLR removes any pretext for regional intervention.
But he warned against using the pretext of defense to launch vast campaigns of destruction.
Institutions are a pretext to have a look at a wide variety of human behavior.
I said there were two things to discuss, the pretext and the execution.
He stood irresolute a moment, then went in on a pretext of 'inquiry.'
At the slightest call 500 men collect, and on any pretext kill and eat one another.
He made no comment, fearing that she might seize upon any as a pretext for putting him off.
She was never under any pretext, not even in the event of my death, to return to the stage.
1510s, from French prétexte, from Latin praetextum "a pretext, outward display," noun use of neuter past participle of praetexere "to disguise, cover," literally "weave in front" (for sense, cf. pull the wool over (someone's) eyes); from prae- "in front" (see pre-) + texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "make" (see texture (n.)).