“Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned,” reports veteran national security correspondent Thomas E. Ricks.
It now appears likely that Gen. Mattis, a Marine Corps legend, will leave his post as head of America’s most important combatant command in March, several months earlier than planned. Ricks continues:
“Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way —
Some quotes from the good General James “Mad Dog” Mattis:
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”
“I come to you in peace. I did not bring artillery, but I am pleading with you, with tears in my eyes; if you f-k with me, I will kill you all.”
“No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”
“In a country with millions of people & cars going everywhere, the enemy is going to get a car bomb out there once in a while.”
“I would also add that [Al Qaeda] was dumb.”
“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event.”
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…. 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.