Retired Marine General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is a Marine’s Marine and a man’s man. He is not always politically correct, and has been ‘counseled’ a time or two. He is now up for consideration for Secretary of Defense. Read these quotes of the General and see if you would like him running the Pentagon. I sure would.
As Written By Paul Szoldra for Business Insider:
The legendary Marine Corps general is in the running to be the next Secretary of Defense. One thing is for sure: He is eminently quotable.
We’ve gathered some of Mattis’ best sayings, taken from this San Diego Union-Tribune profile,unless otherwise specified.
“You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”
Mattis has often talked to Marine leaders about staying sharp.
The “dream world” he alluded to is a reference to a complacent attitude, and it’s one that can cost lives if troops aren’t vigilant.
“If in order to kill the enemy you have to kill an innocent, don’t take the shot. Don’t create more enemies than you take out by some immoral act.”
As a co-author of the military’s counter-insurgency manual (with retired Army Gen. David Petraeus), Mattis has often spoke about following the rules of engagement and being disciplined among a ruthless enemy.
“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f–k with me, I’ll kill you all.”
After the initial Iraq invasion, “Chaos” (his radio callsign) sent home his tanks and artillery and used the “carrot and the stick” with Iraqi tribal leaders.
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