saber rattling

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Synonyms for saber rattling

the ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used)

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Kim cannot return to his earlier saber rattling as he will face a renewed threat of a U.S.
The latest saber rattling from Tehran comes as no surprise: Iranian leaders are well aware that despite repeated pledges from the current US administration and its Israeli allies to pursue the path of diplomacy in confronting.
Obama accused rival Hillary Clinton of saber rattling toward Iran by threatening last week to "totally obliterate" the country if it attacked Israel.
China's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee lineup, announced by Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday, heralds a new generation of leaders in Beijing for whom outright saber rattling in the Taiwan Strait is increasingly untenable, political observers in Taiwan said.
"There has been a lot of talk by the rating agencies and saber rattling by policyholders that 'operations' claims can lead to uncapped exposures for insurers on account of the lack of an 'aggregate' limit, such as normally exists for 'products' claims," said Randy J.
Ronald Reagan's nuclear saber rattling galvanized the peace movement, Wittner writes.
The saber rattling for war in Iraq had already begun, and I was constantly asked to defend President Bush's blatant unilateralism.
In their view, a desperate North is trying to use saber rattling to win money, food and fuel from the Americans.