Our Favorite Marine Corps General

says what he wants, because that’s what he needs to DO THE JOB.

U.S. commander discloses Afghan troop recommendation

A top U.S. military commander said on Tuesday he has recommended keeping 13,600 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when the NATO combat mission ends and most Western troops withdraw.

General James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee he believed that properly designing the residual force would be “critical” for a good outcome to America’s longest war.

“I have made my recommendation,” Mattis said in response to a question from Republican Senator John McCain. “That recommendation is for 13,600 U.S. forces.”

The figure provided by Mattis, who leads the U.S. military’s Central Command, is above the range of troop levels U.S. officials have said were being considered by the White House and discussed by NATO defense chiefs last month.

…U.S. officials have said in the past that the White House was considering up to 9,000 troops, a lower range than put forward initially last year by the U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen.

Awkward for the administration now. Don’t even TRY something with THIS guy, Obambi. Mattis is a GOD in our house, with Ebola putting frequent Mattis funnies up on FB, just because the very OLD CORPS Marine Corps looking Mattis is a take-no-prisoners…um…”blunt” speaker and man o’ ACTION, spawning his own unique brand of sayings, dubbed “Mattisms”.

Here’s a few gems from the Mattis vault if you’re unfamiliar with him:

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

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all”

“When Gen. Abrial arrived to relieve me as the supreme commander, only don’t ask, don’t tell kept me from hugging and kissing him”

“I don’t get intelligence off a satellite. Iraqis tell me who the enemy is.”

6 Responses to “Our Favorite Marine Corps General”

  1. Skyler says:

    General Mattis is the best commander our nation has, bar none. All those pretty boy army generals can get lost, as far as I’m concerned.

  2. JeffS says:

    Me too, Skyler. Most of ’em are political hacks; the good ones are in crappy jobs, or are heading out the door.

  3. Dr Alice says:

    Damn it. Let’s try that again.

    OMG. I am taking #1 as my own personal mission statement.

  4. Skyler says:

    Funny story, I have a client that is in the military that used that tag line. Many civilians don’t know about that quote. The people in the office were getting mighty concerned about his emails and came to me asking if I was carrying and could I protect them if he showed up in the office!

  5. Ave says:

    Our young Corporal heads over there again shortly, please keep him in your prayers.

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