The Discourse Trap and the US Military: From the War on Terror to the Surge

The Discourse Trap and the US Military: From the War on Terror to the Surge

Jeffrey Michaels


A 'discourse trap' is a phenomenon obvious world wide during which the discourses and linked terminology devised for political or army purposes can entrap policymakers by means of motivating or constraining their activities. starting with the discourse of 'counter-terrorism' that happened submit 11th of September, this publication examines the language hired contained in the US safety division throughout the interval 2001-2012. Michaels demonstrates how in the course of the process a clash, the politics of terminology can represent a major battlefield in its personal correct. because the reports of 'Global conflict on Terror', 'Shock and Awe', 'Iraq Adversary Characterizations' and 'The Surge' offered right here display, the language of battle had an immediate influence on US method and operations, and never inevitably a favorable one.

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