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"Chaos" at CENTCOM

Seems like Gen James Mattis' retirement is being put on hold. Seems like a cracking idea to me... and the guy seems to have a sense of humour, unlike his predecessor:

"I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you **** with me, I'll kill you all."
Here's another quote. Made me chuckle.

"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 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."
Indeed. It simply will not do to have a general officer actually talk about killing. I mean what do people think the military is for anyway?/ Geez....the NERVE of the man. Harumph Harumph ;-)
SECDEF seems keen to make sure Gen. Mattis and others are more guarded in future -

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates today strongly defended a controversial memo he issued last week clamping down on how officials in the military and its civilian leadership interact with the media. Reporters have since complained that the memo, in the works before the recent Rolling Stone article that torpedoed General Stanley McChrystal’s career, could cause a chilling effect in relations with the press.

“I spent my first few months on the job telling military audiences that the press was not the enemy and that to treat it as such was counterproductive and self-defeating,” Gates told reporters at the Pentagon. “None of that has changed.”

Gates said he had received complaints from both President Bush and President Obama about “senior Defense officials, both civilian and military, speaking out inappropriately on foreign-policy issues.” He also expressed frustration at losing both McChrystal, who had led US and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and then-Centcom commander Admiral William Fallon due to remarks they made to the media in the past two years.

Gates defended the memo saying it was not altering the media engagement policy, but simply reaffirming existing practice by better coordinating media contacts.

“It reflected the fact that for some time now, long before the recent Rolling Stone article, I have grown increasingly concerned that we have become too lax, disorganized, and, in some cases, flat-out sloppy in the way we engage with the press,” Gates said.

“As a result, personal views have been published as official government positions, and information has gone out that was inaccurate, incomplete or lacking in proper context. Reports and other documents, including on sensitive subjects, are routinely provided to the press and other elements in this town before I or the White House know anything about them. Even more worrisome, highly classified and sensitive information has been divulged without authorization or accountability. My hope and expectation is that this new guidance will improve the quality of press engagement by ensuring that the people the media talk to can speak with accuracy and authority. This should not infringe or impede the flow of accurate and timely information to you or to the public. That is not my intent, nor will I tolerate it,” he added.

“If you're a captain in a unit that has an embedded reporter, as long as you're within the guidelines and the rules, we expect you to be open with that embedded reporter. On the other hand, if you're a captain in this building, working on budget options, I expect you to keep your mouth shut,” Gates said.
Source: Secretary Gates Defends Memo Tightening Rules on Media Engagement - Political Punch
Indeed. It simply will not do to have a general officer actually talk about killing. I mean what do people think the military is for anyway?/ Geez....the NERVE of the man. Harumph Harumph ;-)
I don't quite think a Colonial 'Harumph' carries the same effect! Will send you a copy of the Telegraph to hide behind whilst 'harumphing'. Carries much more gravitas that way.


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