US 'war is fun' general rebuked

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  1. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Some tough old yank general upset the fluffy bunnies :twisted:

    The US Marine Corps has publicly upbraided one of its generals for his comments describing shooting people in Iraq as "fun".

    Discussing fighting in Iraq, the General said he liked brawling and enjoyed shooting people.

    The Marine Corps said Lt Gen James Mattis had been "counselled" concerning his remarks, made during a panel discussion in California.

    The general had agreed he should have chosen his words more carefully.

    Gen Mattis is a hardened veteran of combat and appears to have developed a taste for it.

    During the discussion, he spoke of his experience fighting in Iraq as commander of the 1st Marine Division.

    Public gaffe

    Caught on tape, he said: "Actually, it's quite a lot of fun to fight; you know, it's a hell of a hoot. I like brawling; it's fun to shoot some people."

    In the context of Afghanistan, he said men who slapped around women for not wearing a veil had no manhood and it was fun to shoot them.

    The commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen Mike Hagee, later issued a statement saying he had counselled Gen Mattis on his remarks.

    The statement praised Gen Mattis as a brave and brilliant military leader and it seems there will be no disciplinary action.

    But such public slip-ups by its senior officers are irritants for the American military, whose reputation for honour and moral fibre are central to American life.
  2. Here is the full piece - good spot Ord! :D

  3. Without wishing to sound too gung-ho, lets face it is can be fun. Obviously not at the time, its f**king terrifying. However, the adrenaline rush and the natural high after is hard to beat.

    That said, got a nice safe desk job now and wont be volunteering to race back out to Iraq.
  4. RTFQ


    I can't find much to fault in that statement to honest. Maybe I need to down a few pints of "queer" and have some counselling.
  5. He's right: it's fun.
  6. at least he didnt say that its fun to shoot at the Brits or indeed other Americans, who are 3rd and 4th on the list of 'People that we like to shoot at in Combat Zones'.
    1. Iraqis
    2. Afghanis
    3. British
    4. Ourselves
  7. Oh well, it's only a matter of time before the fun police come to the uk........oh, they have!

    Actually surprised he was "counselled" for those remarks....should have been sent on a speaking tour instead!
  8. Or a recruitment drive............his words will help fill the ranks of Mother Green.