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shock and awe

Military tactic consisting of excessive or overwhelming force to frighten and subdue the enemy; to intimidate, disrupt, or incapacitate one’s adversaries in order to achieve a desired reaction

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  • As a military stategy, it is thought that the US established it in the 2003 Iraq War invasion, though numerous other historical instances exist that fit the bill.
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Modified by JokerGem on May 12, 2023

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