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Tue Sep 16, 2014, 02:02 PM

So when does it count as "boots on the ground?"

All i keep hearing from everyone is that we won't have any boots on the ground in our confrontation with ISIL. Yet, somehow we also have almost 2000 troops in Iraq. Some of them are protecting our embassy in Baghdad. Some of them are defending our interests in Kurdistan.

I've even heard on CNN this morning that some of our troops are acting as forward observers, coalition liaisons, and trainers. Do these troops not count as boots on the ground? Are they getting combat pay?

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Reply So when does it count as "boots on the ground?" (Original post)
Calista241 Sep 2014 OP
NightWatcher Sep 2014 #1
TwilightGardener Sep 2014 #2
Boom Sound 416 Sep 2014 #7
unblock Sep 2014 #3
Tierra_y_Libertad Sep 2014 #4
SummerSnow Sep 2014 #5
obxhead Sep 2014 #6

Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 02:05 PM

1. They're making the poor bastards wear their shower shoes

Technically it's Shower shoes on the ground, but no one's asked that.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 02:06 PM

2. Infantry. Marines. People going into combat to take and hold territory.

I'm sure the troops that are there are getting special pay. Special forces already get paid more.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 04:17 PM

7. Infantry yes and

 

When their are pictures of them.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 02:06 PM

3. when it becomes politically acceptable to refer to troops as such.

much political hay can be made out of subtle distinctions based on exactly what our troops are or are not doing.

i think the idea here is that if we're not doing our own ground missions but merely supporting our airstrikes or the ground missions of friendly armies, then that's, uh, different, somehow.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 02:09 PM

4. When some of them get killed and they can start selling "Suppor Our Troops" bumper stickers.

 

And, the politicians who sent them and weep crocodile tears for their "sacrifice" and demand that more cannon-fodder be sent to another useless war.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 03:36 PM

5. Theyre playing with words...

Thinking were dumb. But to me airstrikes are a war. if two sides are fighting ..its a war.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 03:53 PM

6. On DU?

 

Never, unless a Republican wins in 2016. Then it becomes boots on the ground on Jan 20 2017 and its all that guys fault for going back in.

(Might be sarcasm, but I'm not completely sure based on recent activity here)

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