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I wish I liked my job this much

Via Right-Thinking:
The commandant of the Marine Corps said Thursday he has counseled a senior subordinate for saying publicly, "It's fun to shoot some people."

Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, an infantry officer who has commanded Marines in both Afghanistan and Iraq, made the comments Tuesday while speaking to a forum in San Diego about strategies for the war on terror. Mattis is the commanding general of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va.

According to an audio recording of Mattis' remarks, he said, "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."

He added, "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis continued. "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."

Thursday, Gen. Mike Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a statement saying, "I have counseled him concerning his remarks and he agrees he should have chosen his words more carefully."

"While I understand that some people may take issue with the comments made by him, I also know he intended to reflect the unfortunate and harsh realities of war," Hagee said. "Lt. Gen. Mattis often speaks with a great deal of candor."

*laughs her ass off*
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now we "counsel" or soldiers for doing their job?
God Almighty thank you that these asshat pansies in the media were not around (or at least not in such numbers to affect anything) back when Patton was running around kicking the Nazis' asses and loving every moment of it (and saying as much).


He was referring to the Taliban. Who WOULDN'T want to shoot those SOBs? I"m sure a lot of Afghan women would still like to shoot some of them :p
Re: now we "counsel" or soldiers for doing their job?
You know, I thought about Patton when I was reading this. Because I remember - from the movie, that is - that he got into a lot of trouble for speaking his mind about certain aspects of his job. Of course, if WW2 had happened in the touchy-feely lefty environment of today, we'd all be speaking German real quick.

When I first heard of this story, I was under the impression that the military brass had come down a lot harder on him. As it stands, I think this was the most tactful way they could have stood up for him.
Re: now we "counsel" or soldiers for doing their job?
Tactful, yes (they threw a bone to the "shocked" media).

Right? No. They should've politely told the media the General was one of their finest and most decorated (which he is) and that they are very proud of him. Remind them of the legend he is (they're making a movie about him for cryin' out loud...are we gonna hunt down the soldiers in Black Hawk Down next who appeared as if they enjoyed shooting Somalians?) and don't touch the ridiculous non-scandal the media stirred up (I guess they had to move on to something after the insurgents didn't deliver a "bloodbath" election for why not return to attacking our military? yeah, that never gets old!). Essentially a more complex "no comment" to a non-scandal that deserves no comment :p ;) But oh well....
Re: now we "counsel" or soldiers for doing their job?
oh, and just a note ;) I do agree with those who say war is hell (but I believe it's a necessary hell faux peace without justice or freedom is also a kind of hell). The idea of war being ugly isn't incompatible with actually supporting or waging a war. Robert E Lee still waged war after he said "it is good that war is so ugly, lest we become too fond of it." That said (war is ugly)....I also acknowlege some of our soldiers still enjoy it, ESPECIALLY when it's an enemy as loathesome as the Taliban (as was this case) or terrorists like al-Qaeda (who are just like the Taliban except they also try to kill you and me instead of just Afghan women in burkas :p ).

Albeit none of us did the actual shooting/killing but I bet the majority of us would be lying if we said we didn't at least crack a grin when we heard Saddam's two dirtbag rapist/thug sons were blown away.
Re: now we "counsel" or soldiers for doing their job?
Oh, definitely. War is hell... and some people do deserve to be shot. 'Nuff said.
Re: now we "counsel" or soldiers for doing their job?
I did *way* more than crack a grin. *g*
fireworks for Uday and Qusay (up close, mwahah)
As did I ;) but that's why I said "at LEAST cracked a grin"...heheh.