UPDATED: President-elect Donald Trump has tapped retired Marine Corps General James "Mad Dog" Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense in his administration. Here are some quotes, showing a sharp contrast to the current Secretary of Defense, who is a physicist and a former Harvard University professor.
General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, who now becomes the new Secretary of Defense, is according to a tweet from Trump, "Very impressive and a true General's General!"
After a meeting with Gen. Mattis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump told reporters the general was "a great man, the real deal."
An appointment of Mattis is certainly a very sharp and militarised contrast to the current Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, who is a physicist and a former Harvard University professor.
Here are a few of Mad Dog's quotes:
"Combining al Qaeda's significant fighting capabilities with a stronger focus on the administrative capabilities that might permit it to hold ground, the Islamic State copied the latter from Hezbollah's model. Basically, Islamic State is a combined al Qaeda and Lebanese Hezbollah on steroids, destabilizing the region, dissolving borders/changing the political geography in the mid-east, and hardening political positions that make mid-east peace-building more remote by the day."
General Mattis [Ret.] speaking about the Islamic State of the Levant in an interview with Business Insider.
"That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot. There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim. It’s really a hell of a lot of fun. You’re gonna have a blast out here!"
Addressing a gathering of 200 marines.
"There is only one ‘retirement plan’ for terrorists."
Speaking on the subject of combating insurgents.
"For all the ‘4th Generation of War’ intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc., I must respectfully say, ‘Not really’: Alexander the Great would not be in the least bit perplexed by the enemy that we face right now in Iraq, and our leaders going into this fight do their troops a disservice by not studying — studying, vice just reading — the men who have gone before us. We have been fighting on this planet for 5,000 years and we should take advantage of their experience. ‘Winging it’ and filling body bags as we sort out what works reminds us of the moral dictates and the cost of competence in our profession."
Nov. 20, 2003, Addressing the detractors of untested Marine tactics in Iraq.
"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling."
Panel discussion in San Diego, California (1 February 2005)
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."
One of the rules Maj. Gen. James Mattis gave his Marines to live by in Iraq.
"I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all."
After the invasion of Iraq -and after sending his tanks and artillery home- Mattis sent this message to the Iraqi leaders in every area his men served in.
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