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.