The Danger of Militarization in an Endless "War" on Terrorism

  title={The Danger of Militarization in an Endless "War" on Terrorism},
  author={Richard H. Kohn},
  journal={The Journal of Military History},
  pages={177 - 208}
  • R. Kohn
  • Published 15 January 2009
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Military History
Since the early 1930s, the United States has become significantly militarized in government, economy, society, and culture. While never quite slipping over the edge into militarism either in behaviors, policies, or norms and values, the American people's identification with and use of war images and thinking, and a belief in the primacy of standing military forces for American safety, have become normalized. The danger of an endless "war" on terrorism is that the militarization common to… 

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