Top U.S. Afghanistan Commander: “It’s a hell of a lot of fun to kill”

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.

Mattis said:

“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.

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17 Responses to Top U.S. Afghanistan Commander: “It’s a hell of a lot of fun to kill”

  1. Francois Moller says:

    I have more respect for the stuff that grows and ooze under the rim of a public lavatory than you mister dumb Gen. James Mattis…you are lower than the lowest scum of this earth. You are a mindless organism. This planet do not need YOU and to you apply all the possible swearwords and name calling possible in all books and in all languages.

  2. Rachel says:

    The military’s best and the brightest? In a region of the world where the culture of unapologetically male orientated, this is not the way to win friends and influence people.

  3. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Mattis is a punk.

    He’s rhetoric gives a bad name to the decent men and women serving this great nation. The majority of servicemembers to not hold such views. The few who do usually wind up getting booted out.

  4. lea-lea says:

    Arizona Leatherneck is correct. My father was in the Navy for 8 years. He never said anything like this in retrospect. He just doesn’t think this way.

  5. R.J. says:

    I kinda sorta understand where this guy is coming from. I like to brawl like most guys but saying it’s fun to shoot people makes this guy sound like he’d make a great serial killer if he were a civilian.

  6. Of course it’s fun. I simply keep my murderin’ to video games.

  7. ZarathustraMike says:

    I’m sure they feel the same way about you, asshole!

  8. bradfrmphnx says:

    I forgot…can someone please tell me again WHY we are in Afghanistan?

    As far as Mattis goes…if at any time in your life, killing another human being becomes fun, then you need to get some help. Seriously.

  9. Francois Moller says:

    And I hope this f***ing creep, moron, mother…r, pea-brain, fat slob, dirty, swine, psychopath, murderer, empty vessel, sh*t for body parts, multiplied by a googolplex….reads all of off this.

  10. DMason says:

    Gen. James Mattis looks an awful lot like Jesse Helms. Just saying.

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  12. TomDem says:

    Looks like he is saying that there are some folks who need to be dead, he said why, and we put (well bush the dopier) put them there, and there we are stuck.
    So if you put military folk in a place where there are ACTUALLY REALLY BAD folk then expect them to kill them, this is war, those folk on the ground are being shot at and blown up, they get to defend themselves till we find a way to get them out of there, seriously does anybody really think that Taliban or Al Quida or the other folk who bury 14 year old girls alive, or who stone women to death are NOT the bad guys?

  13. Brigadoon says:

    The treatment of women and gays in many Islamic nations is deplorable. There is a deeply embedded, cultural difference between the West and Islam rooted in religion. Despite what the oil-thirsty Feds want us to believe, we’re not one, big happy family and we never will be. But none the less, the remarks made by this Gen. Mattis suggests a type of cowboy, militarism, that makes the USA hated in the Arab world. He needs to STFU and not celebrate violence and killing.

  14. LOL that GUY thinking he is defending women’s rights is toooooooo funny….why don’t they ACTUALLY ask one of these women HOW she is treated?
    They might just get a pleasant surprise, that is of course if they are thinking with the women’s rights in mind…..?

  15. TomDem says:

    What the hell are you talking about, honor killings, Stonings, child “brides” what, you never saw the soccer field executions, you think the women in the Burka world are free?
    Really? it’s NOTHING to laugh about, When the taliban took over Kabul all women were fired from their jobs an forced to return to the burka.
    As for the crappy war, I can only hope the Afghans want what we want for them more than anything
    in the world.
    (and no crappy remarks about what we want for them peace, prosperity entry into the 20th century)

  16. Bill Samuel says:

    R.J., if you’re a serial killer as a civilian, you are a horrible criminal and locked up. If you’re a serial killer as a soldier in a combat zone, you’re a great hero. The victims may be just as innocent in each case.

    People wonder why we have such a violent society. We send people all over the world (special ops forces now in 75 countries under Obama) to kill people. No wonder we have such a high violent crime rate at home. If you glorify violence, you will get violence.

  17. ePHraimAg says:

    Unfortunately America has a lot Of sick bastards, many more are in the Senate. Folk wonder why 9/11 happened!

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