Nine War Words That Define Our World


| 6/23/2011 10:22:14 AM


Tags: war, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, global war on terror, drones, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, politics, TomDispatch, Tom Engelhardt,

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This article was originally published at TomDispatch.com.

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Now that Washington has at least six wars cooking (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and more generally, the global war on terror), Americans find themselves in a new world of war.  If, however, you haven't joined the all-volunteer military, any of our 17 intelligence outfits, the Pentagon, the weapons companies and hire-a-gun corporations associated with it, or some other part of the National Security Complex, America’s distant wars go on largely without you (at least until the bills come due).

War has a way of turning almost anything upside down, including language.  But with lost jobs, foreclosed homes, crumbling infrastructure, and weird weather, who even notices?  This undoubtedly means that you’re using a set of antediluvian war words or definitions from your father’s day.  It’s time to catch up.

So here’s the latest word in war words: what’s in, what’s out, what’s inside out.  What follows are nine common terms associated with our present wars that probably don’t mean what you think they mean.  Since you live in a twenty-first-century war state, you might consider making them your own.

photog
6/27/2011 10:51:55 AM

Informative, well-crafted piece that ruined my whole day. Thanks. Seriously.