Saturday, July 10, 2010
The U.S. military in Afghanistan is facing a new controversy over remarks made by a top commander who declared that it was “fun to shoot people.”
A video of Gen. James Mattis (picture above) who was named as successor to Gen. David Petreaus as head of U.S. Central Command. Petraeus replaced Gen. Stan McChrystal who President Obama fired over over derogatory remarks made about Obama to Rolling Stone magazine. But Gen. Mattis has yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Mattis led the controversial U.S. military assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004.
“Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know it’s a helluva hoot. I’ll be right up front with you. I like brawling. You go into Afghanistan, you get guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”
Robert Gates, the U.S. Defense Secretary, tried to put the best spin on the remarks saying they were made five years ago. It’s yet to be seen if his remarks will be cheered by feminists and women’s rights advocates.