You may have missed it over the holiday weekend, but Defense Secretary James Mattis shows us how President Trump has put the “defense” back in Defense Secretary (as opposed to Obama, who emphasized more on the “secretary” part).
General Mattis went on Face the Nation and was asked pointedly “what keeps you up at night”
His response is one we should demand of everyone tasked with keep the United States safe:
The statement was made during a Face the Nation interview, which Silence is Consent covers in it’s entirety here. This post is more focused on covering the awesome candor and honesty we’ve come to love from General Mattis.
The Daily Caller (which is where the featured graphic above comes from) notes that this is really just another notch on his awesome quote belt (bold is mine):
Mattis’ remark is sure to join a long list of the former Marine general’s most memorable quotes.
“When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look at him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend because she knows she’s dating a pussy,” Mattis once said.
“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,” Mattis told Iraqi leaders during the 2003 invasion.
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet,” Mattis was known to tell Marines under his command during the Iraq war.
In his interview with Dickerson, Mattis discussed the U.S. military’s shift in strategy in the fight against ISIS. “Annihilation” rather than “attrition” is the goal now, he said.
Here are some others of his greatest hits (courtesy of The Free Beacon):
The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.
Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”
Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.
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.
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.
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.
Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.
Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit
Stuff like this makes liberals cringe. That’s how you know he’s on the right track!