"It's fun to shoot some people" - ;)

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    http://reuters.myway.com/article/20...3_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-IRAQ-MARINES-GENERAL-DC.html

    U.S. General Says It Is 'Fun to Shoot Some People'
    Feb 3, 3:09 PM (ET)

    By Will Dunham

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. Marine Corps general who said it was "fun to shoot some people" should have chosen his words more carefully but will not be disciplined, military officials said on Thursday.

    Lt. Gen. James Mattis, who led troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, made the comments at a conference Tuesday in San Diego.

    "Actually it's quite fun to fight 'em, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling," said Mattis.

    "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis said during a panel discussion. "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."

    In a statement, Gen. Michael Hagee, commander of the Marine Corps, praised Mattis as "one of this country's bravest and most experienced military leaders."

    "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.

    "I have counseled him concerning his remarks and he agrees he should have chosen his words more carefully," Hagee added.

    Maj. Jason Johnston, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon, said Hagee did not plan any disciplinary action against Mattis. Johnston declined to provide details of how Hagee had counseled Mattis, calling it a private matter.

    At a Pentagon briefing on Thursday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he could not comment on the remarks, but Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the general as having set a stellar example for troops in his service abroad.

    Mattis is commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, Virginia, south of Washington.
     
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    I agree with SE, some people are just more fun than others! :chains:
     
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    This guy in no way deserved any sort of punishment. He is exactly what you need on the front lines.
     
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    Here, here !!! they WOULD be funner to shoot than your average old everyday nice person ! :flameth: :ali:
     
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    Can't be having some pansy up there who hesitates to squeeze the trigger, that will get you and your platoon mates smoked.

    I never saw any combat in Greece but I would guess that you have to be in a different state of mind most of the time there. You've got to convince yourself your job is to kill(which it is) and you've got to do your job to the best of your ability.
     
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    OOWah! Go Marines!

    The guy loves his job, I can see nothing wrong with that. So long as he understands the difference between his job of killing enemies and killing everybody he is safe for society and right for the position he fills.
     
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    Frankly, I want people who like shooting the enemy in the Marines.
     
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    Umm...they ingrain it in your head even before you go to boot killing the enemy is good. I agree with all you you have to be a little off to do what they do. What would we do without them?
     
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    gotta agree! why put some pansy ass up there who needs thearpy after going to a range? your supposed to like your job for christ sakes.
     
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    Anyone want to clarify..."a little off" What exactly are you talking about?

    A job needs to be done, and you don't have to ask a jarhead twice...just don't question his actions, after the fact!!!!

    Semper Fi.....we can live and breathe in freedom another night!
     

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