"When the President of the United States promises America will have 'no boots on the ground' in Iraq or Syria, military members and their families don't take that phrase literally. He can't be saying that no American soles will touch the soil of either nation, because they already do. Do most Americans know this statement is about mission, not actual footwear location? Do they know he means 'no combat mission'? Military families do. They know plenty of boots -- combat or otherwise -- belonging to people they know and love are on the ground right now."
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