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Friday, February 04, 2005

You Say That Like It's A Bad Thing

A three star Marine general, in a moment of, well... honesty... said that he likes to shoot certain people.
"Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot," Mattis said, prompting laughter from some military members in the audience. "It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling.

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis said. "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."
Better yet... go read what Slagle has to say about this, then come back. I'll wait.

You're back? OK. I think I've only got one or two things to add to Slagle's fine take on things:
  1. What the Marine Corps Commandant meant when he said "should have chosen his words more carefully," what he meant was, "Dang, son! Make sure they are no open microphones when you say stuff like that!" (editted to portray my usual PGish standards).
  2. CAIR's Executive director said about General Mattis' comments, "We do not need generals who treat the grim business of war as a sporting event. These disturbing remarks are indicative of an apparent indifference to the value of human life." Uh, no... Mr. Awad, this is exactly the kind of man we need leading our troops against monsters who will use the mentally challenged to carry out the work they're too chicken to do themselves. If our enemy fought with honor, courage, and discipline (like our military), then you might have a case. As it stands now? War is hell. They brought it on. Get over it.
General, Sir... we're proud of you and your brave Marines. Continue to do us proud. In the immortal words of T1 and T2's favorite Gunny, R. Lee Ermey, Semper Fi. Carry on, Sir.

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