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Soldiers are real people, not 'boots on the ground'

To the editor: I don't know how many times we hear "boots on the ground" from our "leaders" and now from the media. This is a term they use to numb us or dumb us down as to the risks of war and loss of life. A few boots here and there, who cares? ("Caveats to Obama's rule against 'combat mission' in Iraq, Syria," Sept. 17) Do we ever hear, "We are going to put some of our young men and women in harm's way"? These are soldiers, some of whom will be maimed and killed. These are young people with families and futures. Let's say it like it is. Gary Philips, Costa Mesa Follow the Opinion section on Twitter...

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