Meet your new SACEUR - Marine Mad Dog Mattis

#1
Supreme Allied Commander Europe looks quite like Patton! With Boomer Harris, I would say an excellent breed of kinetic generals are coming into their times at exactly the right moment.

Straight-talking Mattis tapped to lead JFCom

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 24, 2007 12:22:05 EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — The recent nomination of Lt. Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis to take the helm of U.S. Joint Forces Command will put one of the Corps’ most popular leaders and intellectual devil dogs at the helm of the military’s transformation as it continues to fight counterinsurgency in Iraq and other global unconventional threats.Mattis, a frank-talking officer whose nomination and expected promotion to four-star general was announced Sept. 12, also would become NATO’s supreme allied commander for transformation once he is confirmed by the Senate this fall.

Mattis, 57, is a career infantry officer with combat experiences in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, where he led an infantry battalion with Task Force Ripper, and in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where he led 1st Marine Division through subsequent security and stability operations in 2004.

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To most leathernecks, Mattis is considered a real war fighter, a leader with almost mythical, rock-star status like Chesty Puller and Al Gray.
Mattis moves at ease talking with young infantrymen, senior commanders and Iraqi counterparts. He often refers to Marines as “my fine young men.” His official biography is very Marine: Simple, short and to the point. It doesn’t mince words, noting only his command billets and omitting staff assignments.

Mattis, who is not married, has made a life out of the Corps. His infantry career has been punctuated by command assignments at just about every level, from platoon to division to expeditionary force.

Leading 1st Marine Division into Iraq in spring 2003, Mattis coined the phrase “no better friend, no worse enemy,” which has become a de facto division motto.

On the eve of the 2003 invasion, Mattis penned his commander’s intent and charge to his Marines in a letter that’s since been shared, re-posted, e-mailed and spread across the Internet.

“The time has come to end his reign of terror,” he wrote of their mission to unseat Saddam Hussein. “On your young shoulders rest the hopes of mankind.

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Perhaps the most-publicized comments by Mattis came during a panel discussion at a San Diego defense industry conference in 2005. It was a few words — “it’s fun to kill people” — that was caught on tape and re-aired internationally.

“You go into Afghanistan and you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil,” he said. “You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway, so it’s a helluva lot of fun to shoot them. You know what I mean. It’s a good fight.”

Those words, televised and reported internationally, drew “bravo Zulus” from some and shame from others.

Then-commandant Gen. Mike Hagee “counseled” Mattis about his choice of words. “He agrees he should have chosen his words more carefully,” Hagee said in a statement.

Mattis’ words came during the Feb. 1, 2005, panel discussion on the war’s lessons learned, and he spoke about the war and how “the ferocity and the skill of our troops overwhelms the enemy.”

Mattis admitted to the audience that “I like brawling” and noted that the military must ensure “we are advertising, recruiting [and] selecting the right kind of people to go into this fight so you’re not out there with people that have any misunderstanding of what this is all about.”

-JFCom-MCTimes


 
#2
Looks like the nutcase from American Beauty who slots Kevin Spacey at the end of the film. (Sorry if anyone still hasn't seen it.) Still, it might be entertaining the see how his confirmation hearings go in the Senate at a time when the majority are Hell-bent on making life as miserable for Bush as possible.

By the way, what's the source of the God-awfully written piece of hoo-rah bullsh1t? I found this particularly amusing and wish to congratulate the author:

The recent nomination of Lt. Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis to take the helm of U.S. Joint Forces Command will put one of the Corps’ most popular leaders and intellectual devil dogs at the helm of the military’s transformation ...

...“You go into Afghanistan and you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil,” he said. “You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway, so it’s a helluva lot of fun to shoot them."
Am I to understand that the inability to construct a coherent, grammatically correct sentence in one's mother tongue need not disqualify someone from being labelled an intellectual in the USMC? Or has Uncle Sam somehow found room for one more swaggering John Wayne impersonator in the upper echelons of the CoC?

(Edit: Just noticed it's the Marine Corps Times. Do they still have the colouring competition on the back page of every issue?)
 
#3
USMarineX said:
Supreme Allied Commander Europe looks quite like Patton! With Boomer Harris, I would say an excellent breed of kinetic generals are coming into their times at exactly the right moment.

Straight-talking Mattis tapped to lead JFCom

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 24, 2007 12:22:05 EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — The recent nomination of Lt. Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis to take the helm of U.S. Joint Forces Command will put one of the Corps’ most popular leaders and intellectual devil dogs ...........
My bolds. Gidget. Gidget? Gidget, FFS!!?

But, then again, poor Gidget had no control over that one.

However the troops must be v pleased to have a 3* called 'Mad Dog' looking after their best interests and well-being..................

*shiver*
 
#4
Is he wearing a corset? Sure looks like it to me.
 
#5
Personally, it was the "kinetic generals" bit that got me rolling in the aisles. Apart from the god-awful business-bullshIt sound of the phrase I took it to mean "trigger happy and obsessed with ordinance".

Just what we need.
 
#7
"Mattis, who is not married, has made a life out of the Corps."

You just know this guy loves to have a sly tug, whilst watching a John Wayne DVD!
 
#12
What is a "kinetic general" anyway? Is he someone who runs around a lot, bouncing off things?
 

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#13
crabtastic said:
What is a "kinetic general" anyway? Is he someone who runs around a lot, bouncing off things?
Nope, just likes hitting things.....

The never married/wed to the Corps thing is a tad gay though :twisted:
 
#14
I will say this for you USMarineX you certainly have guts to make an entry on ARRSE. As you can see, ripping people apart is a 'sport' on this blog.

(Fellow ARRSERS please leave me alone).

Semper Fi.
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#16
Awol said:
It's nice he's got all those fine American ribbons.....just a pity they carry less weight than a set of little blue wings... :)
Blue Wings? are they like "Red Wings" and "Brown Wings" ? and have I missed a trick?
 
#17
Mattis, who is not married, has made a life out of the Corps.
I think I'm worried ... :roll:

A little bit of "balance" would be nice. I'm NOT suggesting he's gay, BTW, but that "total focus" sh1t doesn't tend to lead to good operational and strategic judgement.

[edited for humongous typo error ... thanks Archie, good DS input!]
 
#19
A recent Q&A with Mattis - a must-read!! Very interesting indeed

http://www.whitehouse.org/ask/jmattis.asp

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
Good evening, and welcome to my Q&A. We have a "go" from satcom. Civvies are cleared to initiate chatter.

Shane McCraken, from Champaign, IL writes:
During my time in service (U.S. Army, Gulf War era), anyone making off-color remarks about combat ops or current events within earshot of the media was immediately reprimanded – possibly losing rank – yet when you say it's "fun to shoot people," you get off with a warning and "counseling." Are you not held to a higher standard?

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
Roger that. Listen McMick – the only standard this ol' dog of war needs holdin' to is whether or not I'm having a hoot shampooing those camel jockeys' filthy beards in their own ****ing intestines. Short of that, if I happen to tell a few candy-ass flower-sniffers in the media how when I wake up – before I even shimmy into my jockey shorts – I like to shoot the hook beaks off brownies who made the mistake of being bitch-slapping carpet-kissers, then boo-hoo-hoo, I'm real sorry. Put me on latrine duty for a week. I could use the goddamned R&R.

But the media should know better – and if they want my boys to come to the rescue next time their fancy SUV convoys get surrounded by some gobbledy-gook-talkin' hostiles, they had better start zipping their fairy pie holes. Got it? Good. Hooah!


G. Blade, from Milwaukee, WI writes:
Considering your idea of fun on the front lines, what sorts of activities do you enjoy when you're stateside?

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
Boy, this warrior does what any red-blooded, non-faggy American man does. You know, the usual. I drink beer. Oceans of ****ing beer.

That's right, when I'm stateside, in between important secret missions, I wake up at 5AM sharp, crack a brew-ha-ha, then sit in my kitchen nook and stare. Around noon, I have a buzz on and maybe I nuke up a Hungy Man. Afterwards, I play "Power Hour," where I take a shot of beer every minute until I feel like dancing. Maybe I put on some Garth Brooks, or De Sousa, and hell – I ****ing dance like an Okinawa hooker. Once, when I was working with Delta in the jungle outside Panama City in 1989, I stumbled on a group of Noriega's *********** who'd got chewed up by a mortar I lobbed at them. One of the sons of bitches was already half pancake batter, and by the time we'd found him in the bush, he was too weak to fight off a boar who'd done started muching on him. And that ****** deserved it! So I danced! And I still love to dance!

Anyway, by nightfall I'm ready to get busy, so I start oiling my personal basement arsenal, and maybe, if it's a special occasion, I'll take a cheese grater and give my nipples a good hard thwack. Of course, by then, I'm tired, so I whistle Taps into a bullhorn until I drift off to sleepy-poo.

Rod, from Seattle, WA writes:
What should we do about Fidel?

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
Sweet Christ Almighty, it would be a real pleasure – and I'm talking "my peepers rolling back in my head as my skin undulates with exploding nerve endings" – to ass-ream that bearded commie **** with a rusty iron ceee-gar...

Packed full of dynamite! Hooah!

Abigail Gleason, from Philadelphia, PA writes:
It's great to see that there are still some red-blooded American men out there (I'm thinking of you and General Boykin)! If you could take me out for a fun (but respectable) date, where would we go and what would we do?

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
Lady, let me say upfront – I love women. I respect them. Especially when they are in their natural environment: cooking meatloaf, bringing me my newspaper, making sure my bath is a very precise 71 degrees, and knowing when to lie still so a guy can penetrate their filthy, yet wholly necessary, sin slits.

It's because I respect women that I love blowing away Muslim dudes. Those rat-men think they have the right to beat on a woman for no other reason because they can. That's not right. Women are important property, and a man's property is his most important asset. Just like a car, you need to take care of them, fix up their broken parts, and make sure no else takes them for a joyride. Because respect for property is the only thing that separated us from the Soviets!

Having said that, I would pick you up promptly at 5:15, take you somewhere fancy like Outback Steakhouse, smile as you cut my meat into tiny pieces, then I would escort you back to my duplex, where I would slip in my new Patton DVD, and we would drink Coors. And then?

Then, if you would allow it, we would churn sweet love butter all night long. And in the morning, you'd make my ass breakfast. That means: Pop Tart – warm in the middle, frosting still cold.

Chris Turner, from Iowa City, IA writes:
Dear General Mattis – Do you think that the fact that the Arab population is growing faster than the American population would seem to imply that american males, such as yourself, are losing their virility?

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
Ask your mother, fruitpie.

Keith B., from Ft. Lauderdale, FL writes:
I've heard that the only difference between a U.S. Marine and a homosexual is a six-pack of beer. Is this true?

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
You ain't a man until you've been an insecure, troubled teenager born to a lower income family whose only chance of paying for an education and avoiding a life toiling in a Wal-Mart gulag is to enlist in the military. So you're shipped off to dodge bullets so a bunch of suits who think you're disgusting can score some political points. And you're told that shooting dudes your same age and same social caste isn't murder, that your soul isn't dying every time you tear out the throat from a living, breathing human being.

You ain't a man until you've luxuriated in the ecstasy that is combat. Because only in combat do you learn the most important lesson a man can learn: The rules aren't meant to be broken. Because there are no rules. Just those who love to kill, and those too chicken shit to learn how to.

Hey Keith... let's grab a six pack huh?

J.T. Thompson, from Selma, AL writes:
I'm an Army reservist soon to be sent to Iraq. And, frankly, I just signed up for this stuff because I could get help with college. But now that we got this war on, I'm scared. I don't know if it's even possible for me to love my job, but my pastor always said don't do a job you don't love; Jesus is your source. How can I take as much joy in the killing I'll need to do, as you do? What's your secret?

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
Congratulations on being shipped to Iraq, soldier! You will love killing. It's like a video game, without the permanent boner.

What's my secret? Well, first off all, don't underestimate what getting shot at does to your killer instinct. But mainly, my secret is simple: the only good enemy soldier is one stumbling around, searching for his jaw.

Personally, in combat, I think of Jesus. Then I remove mercy, love, and all of his teachings. And I pretend I'm the Son of God. And that makes dispensing justice a whole lot easier. Also, I don't know if you ever played with fireworks as a kid, but a rifle is like a giant firework. Ka-boom! Fun! Only when you make the ka-boom, some dumb foreigner cries for his mommy in a wet poof of meat flakes and smoke, and damn... it's a feeling I can't describe. Like having your prostate milked by an angel.

Steve J., from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada writes:
Can it also be said that being shot is just as fun as shooting people? Perhaps the US should bring back the draft and mandate its citizens to join in on the fun? Seeing that Iran is next, there's going to be a ton of fun on the horizon. I'm sad my government decided not to join. I'm going to miss out on all that fun.

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
Sure, being shot at is part of the game. A good part. Cuz every time you dodge a bullet, you score extra Rage Points. And then when you get your kill, you get to cash in those Rage Points while you're standing over the corpse. Now whether that means frisking its frontal lobe with your bayonet, or unloading a whole M-16 clip up its shitbox, that's up to you. They're your points. You earned 'em, son.

As for the draft, careful what you wish for, Private. America has given that 51st state you like to call a country a free ride for long enough. Next time we decide to spread FREEDOM®, you WILL be in the shit, and you WILL have fun, maggot!

Lt. Gen. Mattis:
Alright. Q & A over. Lights out, pukes
(yes, I know its a joke)
 

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