The pithy “shock and awe” provides an excellent example of the power of words as weapons of war. While the real pounding behind the term has yet to begin, its shockwaves as rhetoric are already being felt worldwide. The Washington Post reports on international media reactions.
The term comes from a 1996 Pentagon report that argues for rapid dominance in military situations. The concept appears sound, but it is the sound of the concept that may have real military value.
UPDATE (21 March 1:40 p.m.): Click here for my radio interview on this topic with CKNW in Vancouver. From the drop-down menu, choose 21 March 9 a.m. My interview is about 5 minutes into the broadcast.