Marine General's Candor Questioned
Friday, February 04, 2005
Pat P. sends this article about Marine Lieutenant General Mattis being reprimanded for using extreme candor.
...According to an audio recording of Mattis' remarks, he said, "Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. ... It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling."
He added, "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis continued. "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."
Thursday, Gen. Mike Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a statement saying, "I have counseled him concerning his remarks and he agrees he should have chosen his words more
"While I understand that some people may take issue with the comments made by him, I also know he intended to reflect the unfortunate and harsh realities of war," Hagee said. "Lt. Gen. Mattis
often speaks with a great deal of candor."
I've had about twenty or so emails with regards to this crap. Did the war stop when I was out at lunch?
Anyway, I hope the counseling was of the form of a drink after work and a "What the hell are you thinking?!" kind of couseling rather than a formal one. Most of the info that I have on LtGen Mattis is that he is a great leader.
Dave H. sends this LA Times article - It seems that the complaints about LtGen Mattis' comments stem from CAIR - The Council on American-Islamic Relations - which many believe to be a PR outfit to manage American views (i.e. bad press) on radical Saudi Wahabbism.