This video about the Iraq war says about itself:
“Throw some candy in the schoolyard.
Watch the children gather round.
Lock a belt in your M16.
Mow them little bastards down.”
— U.S. Marine marching chant
“It’s a lot of fun to fight. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.”
— Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, 2/3/05
“The Iraqis are sick people and we are the chemotherapy. I am starting to hate this country. Wait till I get hold of a friggin’ Iraqi. No, I won’t get hold of one. I’ll just kill him.”
— Corp. Ryan Dupre, U.S. Marines, 3/30/03
By Barry Grey in the USA:
General who says “It’s fun to kill people” picked to oversee US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq
12 July 2010
Last week, the Obama administration named Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to replace Gen. David Petraeus as chief of US Central Command, giving the Marine officer overall command of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and across the Middle East and Central Asia.
The elevation of Mattis is further confirmation that last month’s firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and appointment of Petraeus to take command of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan signaled a major escalation of US military violence against the Afghan people. Mattis, also known, according to Wikipedia, as “Chaos,” “Warrior Monk” and “Mad Dog Mattis,” is notorious inside and outside of the military for his bloodlust and enthusiasm for killing.
He has a long record leading combat operations in US wars of aggression in the Middle East and Central Asia. He served as a lieutenant colonel in Operation Desert Storm (the US invasion of Iraq in 1991), commanded the first ground troops that went into southern Afghanistan after the 2001 US invasion of that country, and led Marines in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In April of 2004 he headed up the first US assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah and helped plan the siege later that year that destroyed the city and killed thousands of its residents.
In February of 2005, at a public forum in San Diego, Mattis said that “it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot” Afghans. He continued: “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.” A bit later he spoke of the “emotional … satisfaction you may get from really whacking somebody.”
Mattis received an official rebuke for his comments. They were, however, not an aberration. In his 2006 book Fiasco: The American military Adventure in Iraq, Thomas Ricks writes that one of the rules the Marine commander gave his troops to live by was, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
In a speech to Task Force Ripper during Desert Storm, he reportedly said, ‘It’s the mission of every Marine in the battalion to send one dead Iraqi home to Mama.”
Cancer, leukaemia and infant mortality are all increasing in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, which saw fierce fighting between US forces and Sunni insurgents, a new survey says: here.
Top anti-war Democrat: Afghanistan war could ‘destroy’ Obama’s presidency: here.
RAWA.org: “US building secret bases in Afghanistan to attack Russia”: here.
Tom asks: could success in Afghanistan prove worse for Americans than failure? Here.
Revealed: How strategy to train Afghan forces is in deep trouble: here.
Andrew Napolitano: Bush and Cheney Should Have Been Indicted for Torturing, for Spying: here. And here.
NV-Sen: Sharron Angle admits waterboarding is torture: here.
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What’s a gaffe? A gaffe, said journalist Michael Kinsley, “is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.”
West actually used the term “extermination.” I’m serious. Dead serious.
West posted a photo of “Mad Dog Mattis,” Trump’s pick for Defense Secretary, with this caption:
“Fired by Obama to please the Muslims, Hired by Trump to exterminate them.”
(West later asserted that it was an errant staffer who posted this in his name. When, at long last, will Donald Trump make the same claim?)
It does seem plausible that someone nicknamed “Mad Dog” might exterminate Muslims. But that sobriquet comes from Mattis’s political opponents, right? Wrong. Actually, it was Donald Trump who referred to Mattis as “Mad Dog” Mattis, in a tweet, right after Trump interviewed Mattis for the job of Defense Secretary.
Why refer to Mattis as a “mad dog”? Possibly because of this sociopathic quote from him: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” Just like a mad dog would.
It’s not really accurate to say that Obama fired Mattis to “please the Muslims,” but it would be accurate to say that Obama got tired of listening to a warmonger who was bent on instigating war with Iran.
To be fair, Mattis has at least one screw that isn’t loose. Allen West achieved fame (and a court martial) as a commander in Iraq by tying up an Iraqi prisoner and shooting West’s gun right next to the prisoner’s ear, when that prisoner happened to be an Iraqi police officer. Remarkably, this was too much for “Mad Dog” Mattis, who said that West was a “commander who has lost his moral balance or has watched too many Hollywood movies.”
Mad Dog Mattis. Mad Dog West. It takes one to know one.
Thanks to Harry Reid’s “nuclear option,” there will be no filibuster of Mad Dog Mattis, or any other Presidential Executive Branch nominee.
With the Electoral College convening to choose our new President, we remember a Presidential race in which Donald Trump was exposed as a serial molester and a tax cheat, inter alia. A race in which Trump became the least popular Presidential nominee in history. A race in which there was gross interference by a foreign power. A race in which Trump lost the popular vote by 2.9 million votes, or 2.1% of the total vote (which is, weirdly, pretty close to what the polls predicted). And now, after the race is over, we see Trump planning to delegate life-and-death decisions to someone like “Mad Dog” Mattis because, to Trump at least, being a mad dog somehow is a good thing. “He may be a mad dog, but he’s our mad dog.” Or something like that.
I can’t remember any other time in my life when anyone would speak casually about “exterminating the Muslims,” much less imputing that goal to our national leadership.
I’m not a Muslim, but I fear for our future. All of us. I really do.
Rep. Alan Grayson
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