I am so tired of hearing the phrase: “Boots on the ground.”
A report on NBC News March 17 was the last straw. The report stated that the Iraqi forces combating ISIS were being joined by “boots on the ground,” meaning U.S. forces.
The men and women serving in our military are more than “boots.” They are living, breathing human beings, with families they love and who love them. I would not want anyone I love referred to as an article of footwear.
If one of these soldiers is killed, will we have a funeral for a pair of boots?
No? Then why do they have to be killed before they become a real person, not just a couple of pieces of leather and rubber?
I hope that the news media and the public can give our service men and women the dignity they deserve by calling them soldiers, Marines, sailors or airmen and not by this simplistic and demeaning term.