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    7 Memorable Quotes From Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis



    President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday night that he will "appoint" retired Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis to be his secretary of defense. The two met in Bedminster, New Jersey, in November for an hour, after which Trump called Mattis the “real deal.”

    Under the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, certain federal positions appointed by the president -- including secretary of defense -– require confirmation of the U.S. Senate.

    Mattis most recently served as the head of U.S. Central Command. A lifelong bachelor, he is known as the “warrior monk” for his knowledge of ancient and military history.

    The four-star general is revered by many for his leadership and also known for his blunt words.

    Here are seven quotes -- or “Mattisisms” -- from the retired general on war, leadership and the U.S. Marines:

    James Mattis Has Emerged as a Favored Contender for Defense Secretary

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    7 Memorable Quotes From Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis (ABC News)

    “Bloom where you are planted.”

    A fellow Marine Corps officer says this was Mattis’ simple philosophy. If he didn’t like an assignment he was given, his attitude was to always do the best that he could.


    "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."

    Mattis shared this quote with his Marines as a rule to live by in Iraq, Thomas E. Ricks writes in “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.”


    Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.”


    Mattis joined the Marine Corps when he was just 19. He's considered one of the more intense military intellectuals and owned a huge personal library, according to Ricks' book.


    “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”

    This quote is from a letter Mattis wrote to his Marines the night before the March 2003 Iraq invasion.


    "It’s all the more important today that we hold to our precious legacy of ferocious, ethical combat performance."

    Mattis delivered these remarks during his speech at the Marine Corps University Foundation’s 2014 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner on Feb. 22, 2014.

    “Marines who can do the necessary ‘rough work,’ but without becoming evil by doing so, despite an enemy who has opened apocalyptically the aperture for who they target, to include even women and children," Mattis said. "It’s all the more important today that we hold to our precious legacy of ferocious, ethical combat performance. For in a world awash in change, Americans need to have confidence in the everlasting character of our Marines.”

    "Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people.”


    According to CNN, Mattis said he “should have chosen his words more carefully” after receiving counsel from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Michael Hagee, for comments he made during a 2005 panel discussion about fighting the Taliban.

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    "Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people,” Mattis said at the time to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. “I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

    Mattis continued, “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."

    Gen. Hagee defended Mattis’ comments in a statement provided to CNN: "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. Lt. Gen. Mattis often speaks with a great deal of candor."


    “But there was another word that I learned to prioritize as I evaluated units, and that word was affection."

    In a Marines video posted on Oct. 13, 2016, Mattis revealed his “leadership lessons” from his 41-year long career in the corps.

    "It’s not popularity -- with all the favoritism that comes with trying to be a popular person as a leader. That’s a road to failure," Mattis said. "But affection that you create in a unit, an affection so strong that the troops will stick by one another and carry out the mission even in peril."
    Last edited by Lou Newton; December 3, 2016, 12:39 PM.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
    7 Memorable Quotes From Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis



    President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday night that he will "appoint" retired Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis to be his secretary of defense. The two met in Bedminster, New Jersey, in November for an hour, after which Trump called Mattis the “real deal.”

    Under the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, certain federal positions appointed by the president -- including secretary of defense -– require confirmation of the U.S. Senate.

    Mattis most recently served as the head of U.S. Central Command. A lifelong bachelor, he is known as the “warrior monk” for his knowledge of ancient and military history.

    The four-star general is revered by many for his leadership and also known for his blunt words.

    Here are seven quotes -- or “Mattisisms” -- from the retired general on war, leadership and the U.S. Marines:

    James Mattis Has Emerged as a Favored Contender for Defense Secretary

    Trump Holds Meetings With Mitt Romney, Michelle Rhee and Others
    View gallery 7 Memorable Quotes From Gen. James 'Mad Dog' …


    7 Memorable Quotes From Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis (ABC News)

    “Bloom where you are planted.”

    A fellow Marine Corps officer says this was Mattis’ simple philosophy. If he didn’t like an assignment he was given, his attitude was to always do the best that he could.


    "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."

    Mattis shared this quote with his Marines as a rule to live by in Iraq, Thomas E. Ricks writes in “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.”


    Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.”


    Mattis joined the Marine Corps when he was just 19. He's considered one of the more intense military intellectuals and owned a huge personal library, according to Ricks' book.


    “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”

    This quote is from a letter Mattis wrote to his Marines the night before the March 2003 Iraq invasion.


    "It’s all the more important today that we hold to our precious legacy of ferocious, ethical combat performance."

    Mattis delivered these remarks during his speech at the Marine Corps University Foundation’s 2014 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner on Feb. 22, 2014.

    “Marines who can do the necessary ‘rough work,’ but without becoming evil by doing so, despite an enemy who has opened apocalyptically the aperture for who they target, to include even women and children," Mattis said. "It’s all the more important today that we hold to our precious legacy of ferocious, ethical combat performance. For in a world awash in change, Americans need to have confidence in the everlasting character of our Marines.”

    "Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people.”


    According to CNN, Mattis said he “should have chosen his words more carefully” after receiving counsel from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Michael Hagee, for comments he made during a 2005 panel discussion about fighting the Taliban.

    Donald Trump Says Gen. Mattis' Views on Waterb …Play video Donald Trump Says Gen. Mattis' Views on Waterboarding …


    "Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people,” Mattis said at the time to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. “I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

    Mattis continued, “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."

    Gen. Hagee defended Mattis’ comments in a statement provided to CNN: "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. Lt. Gen. Mattis often speaks with a great deal of candor."


    “But there was another word that I learned to prioritize as I evaluated units, and that word was affection."

    In a Marines video posted on Oct. 13, 2016, Mattis revealed his “leadership lessons” from his 41-year long career in the corps.

    "It’s not popularity -- with all the favoritism that comes with trying to be a popular person as a leader. That’s a road to failure," Mattis said. "But affection that you create in a unit, an affection so strong that the troops will stick by one another and carry out the mission even in peril."
    Considering this man will be our new Secretary of Defense, it seems there would be some interest in his character. I think his character is revealed in these quotes of his.

    Any comments ?

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    • #3
      How does he feel about fighting with LGBT folks? A diluted armed forces with open regulations allowing for anyone to join even the tooth fairy.
      We have a long road back to sanity .
      I wonder how Mad Dog feels about the man in the locker room with his granddaughter?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Steve Hollander View Post
        How does he feel about fighting with LGBT folks? A diluted armed forces with open regulations allowing for anyone to join even the tooth fairy.
        We have a long road back to sanity .
        I wonder how Mad Dog feels about the man in the locker room with his granddaughter?
        I think that is one of the main problems with our military. This man thinks there has to be team work and even affection for one another in a fighting unit to be very effective ( the last quote).

        Homosexuals in among heterosexuals do not promote unity or teamwork. We can see by the example God has given us about Sodom that many homosexuals want everyone to be homosexual to try to take away their shame.

        I have often accepted homosexuals as people, BUT if I voice that I think homosexuality is wrong, it seems to end in them not getting along with me. They can not seem to accept anyone who disagrees with their lifestyle.

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        • #5
          EVERYBODY JUST LOVES MAD DOG MATTIS


          for video:

          http://patriottribune.com/45257/ever...e=12%2F03%2F16

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          ALICIADECEMBER 3, 2016
          Everybody Just Loves Mad Dog Mattis
          YouTubeNO COUNTRY REALLY WANTS TO GO TO WAR AGAINST THE MAD DOG MATTIS.

          MATTIS HAS OFTEN BEEN PRAISED BY SENIOR LEADERS AT THE PENTAGON AS BOTH A STRATEGIC THINKER WITH AN ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE OF HISTORY, AND AN INCREDIBLE LEADER.

          HIS REPUTATION WAS EARNED OVER A 44-YEAR CAREER IN THE MARINE CORPS, WHERE HE ROSE TO THE HIGHEST RANK OF FOUR-STAR GENERAL, EVENTUALLY RETIRING AS THE TOP LEADER OF US CENTRAL COMMAND IN 2013.


          TWFB:

          President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of General James Mattis to be the next secretary of defense is being met with wide enthusiasm.

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          • #6
            I am bumping this for someone who could not find it.

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            • #7
              I hope he can make some changes for the better; but I wonder how he can do that with such a population that we have. Half of us think that Hillary should have won.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by redsoxmaloney View Post
                I hope he can make some changes for the better; but I wonder how he can do that with such a population that we have. Half of us think that Hillary should have won.
                God and ONE OTHER MAN IS A MAJORITY AGAINST THE WHOLE WORLD.

                We do not have to be the majority among the people of this nation. We only have to trust in The Lord Jesus alone and cry out for Him to save us from evil.

                1 Samuel 14New International Version (NIV)


                14 1 One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.

                2 Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate treein Migron. With him were about six hundred men, 3 among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the Lord’s priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.

                4 On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh.5 One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba.

                6 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”

                7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

                8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.”

                11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.”

                So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.”

                13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.

                Israel Routs the Philistines


                15 Then panic struck the whole army— those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties —and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.[a]

                16 Saul’s lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions. 17 Then Saul said to the men who were with him, “Muster the forces and see who has left us.” When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.

                18 Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God.” (At that time it was with the Israelites.)[b]19 While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest,“Withdraw your hand.”

                20 Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords. 21Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. 22 When all the Israelites who had hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were on the run, they joined the battle in hot pursuit. 23 So on that day the Lord saved Israel, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven.

                The people of God were hiding in caves from the enemy who were many.

                BUT Johnathon and his aid were enough for God to save all of Israel.

                It is God alone that saves. He does not need many to use to save a whole nation.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post

                  God and ONE OTHER MAN IS A MAJORITY AGAINST THE WHOLE WORLD.

                  We do not have to be the majority among the people of this nation. We only have to trust in The Lord Jesus alone and cry out for Him to save us from evil.

                  1 Samuel 14New International Version (NIV)


                  14 1 One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.

                  2 Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate treein Migron. With him were about six hundred men, 3 among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the Lord’s priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.

                  4 On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh.5 One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba.

                  6 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”

                  7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

                  8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.”

                  11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.”

                  So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.”

                  13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.

                  Israel Routs the Philistines


                  15 Then panic struck the whole army— those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties —and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.[a]

                  16 Saul’s lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions. 17 Then Saul said to the men who were with him, “Muster the forces and see who has left us.” When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.

                  18 Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God.” (At that time it was with the Israelites.)[b]19 While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest,“Withdraw your hand.”

                  20 Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords. 21Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. 22 When all the Israelites who had hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were on the run, they joined the battle in hot pursuit. 23 So on that day the Lord saved Israel, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven.

                  The people of God were hiding in caves from the enemy who were many.

                  BUT Johnathon and his aid were enough for God to save all of Israel.

                  It is God alone that saves. He does not need many to use to save a whole nation.
                  Great story! Sometimes I forget that .

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by redsoxmaloney View Post

                    Great story! Sometimes I forget that .
                    Thanks for the reply Tom.

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                    • #11
                      I forgot about that story, too. Thanks for bringing it into view, Lou. We have been brought up by humanists to think we're something. Humanist ideology has permeated the church. God is sovereign. I'm thankful that it pleases Him to use us for His plan in such an awe inspiring way.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Baruch View Post
                        I forgot about that story, too. Thanks for bringing it into view, Lou. We have been brought up by humanists to think we're something. Humanist ideology has permeated the church. God is sovereign. I'm thankful that it pleases Him to use us for His plan in such an awe inspiring way.
                        Amen and amen to that Barry. Thanks

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