Metaphor and War: The Metaphor System Used to Justify War in the Gulf

@inproceedings{Lakoff1992MetaphorAW,
  title={Metaphor and War: The Metaphor System Used to Justify War in the Gulf},
  author={G. Lakoff},
  year={1992}
}
This article is reprinted by kind permission of the author.It first appeared on the eve of the first Gulf War in 1991. Metaphors can kill. The discourse over whether we should go to war in the Gulf is a panorama of metaphor. Secretary of State Baker sees Saddam as ‘sitting on our economic lifeline’. President Bush sees him as having a ‘stranglehold’ on our economy. General Schwartzkopf characterizes the occupation of Kuwait as a ‘rape’ that is ongoing. The President says that the US is in the… Expand