As More American Boots Hit the Ground in Syria, U.S. Parses “Boots” and “Ground”


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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17 Responses

  1. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Lame. If we are going to change our strategy, own that and be up front. Cut the shit.Report

    • Avatar trizzlor says:

      “Boots on the ground” has always meant major combat forces, not 50 special forces guys basically acting as minders. Does anyone really think this “but they’re wearing boots!” semantics game is accomplishing anything?Report

      • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

        Since when?

        Boots on the ground has always meant forces acting in a capacity other than diplomatic security.

        If they are in theater & supporting or engaging in combat, you have boots on the ground.Report

        • Avatar greginak says:

          It’s a vague term more suited to press releases and news report. By the strictest standard we have BOTG in many countries. That isn’t’ the way it is generally used. In any parsing the press release lingo is superficial compared to figuring out if it is a good idea.Report

  2. Avatar notme says:

    So what’s new? I’ve been saying this same thing for some time now but folks either ignore me or pooh-pooh me. Will, what finally made you realize Obama was full of bs?Report

  3. They’re going to wear tennis shoes instead.Report

  4. Avatar dexter says:

    In my humble opinion the only thing dumber than trying to break up a bar fight between two brothers is trying to break up a bar fight between twelve brothers.Report