At the end of the day …. “Boots on the Ground”!!


~~February 8, 2015~~ 

Visual depiction of a frequently used phrase

The expression “boots on the ground” has an extended military-jargon history. It certainly dates back at least to British officer Robert Grainger Ker Thompson, strategist of the British counter-insurgency efforts against the Malayan National Liberation Army during the Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960 (see entry).

The term is also associated with General William Westmoreland and the United States’ intervention in Vietnam, particularly the large force increase from 1965-1968.

The term is used to convey the belief that military success can only be achieved through the direct physical presence of troops in a conflict area. As terminology, it was coined to concisely express a counter-view against the position that other means, such as aerial bombardment (as used both by Germany and the Allies in World War II, and massively by the United States in Vietnam), economic incentives, or satellite intelligence could achieve victory. The term is particularly applied currently (2010) to counter-insurgency operations.

“As it appears in … “


The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me:
    That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
    In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
    Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
    Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home.And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
    A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
        Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
    And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
        In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

(This applies to any country and every soldier)


Can you see the effects of the phrase “boots on the ground”?

They are not inanimate objects. They have human beings inside them.

Stop … look …. listen!

No more “boots on the ground”!


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#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #hrexachwordpress


We ALL are ONE!! 


4 thoughts on “At the end of the day …. “Boots on the Ground”!!

  1. I so agree! I think many of us in this country have become so disconnected from the people we send to fight for us overseas, that they might as well just be boots to us, and that’s tragic!


  2. We’ve already had too many boots in the ground with little to show for it after a decade of U.S. blood shed along with billions of wasted U.S. taxpayers’ dollars. Yet, It has taken years to pass the republican, N.H. Senator Kelly Ayotte’s bill designed to prevent future veteran suicides. It finally passed the Senate on 2/4/15 and President Obama plans to sign it. The VA is still attempting to undergo Herculean changes to meet the demand of our Veterans’ medical needs and any suffering from their homelessness. Boots on the ground should no longer belong to our U.S. men and women serving in the military.

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