The Atlantic Wire has compiled the best quotes of the new chief of CENTCOM, General James Mattis:
Newly appointed chief of Central Command General James Mattis did not get where he is today by being polite and mild mannered. Mattis, who has been nicknamed “Mad Dog” and “Chaos” and was portrayed in the HBO Iraq War drama “Generation Kill,” has a reputation for blunt speaking. Really blunt speaking. Here are some choice quotes collected by the defense writers who so admire him.
“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
“When Gen. Abrial arrived to relieve me as the supreme commander, only don’t ask, don’t tell kept me from hugging and kissing him” #mattisms
“You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.” Yet more #Mattisisms
“Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat” #mattisisms
USMC COIN: “a country that armed Stalin to defeat Hitler can certainly work alongside enemies of al-Qaida to defeat al-Qaida.” #mattisisms
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