This Washington Post story says the new Centcom chief was “President Obama’s pick,” but as Zip commented, this has to be Secretary Gates’ choice, because there’s no way Obama would have chosen this guy on his own:
President Obama’s pick to lead military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the Middle East is an experienced ground combat commander, but also earned a stern rebuke in 2005 for controversial comments about combat operations.
Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, then a lieutenant general, told a crowd in San Diego that it was “fun to shoot some people” and said that some Afghans deserved to die.
“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years, because they didn’t wear a veil,” Mattis said. “You know guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot ‘em.”
Then-Marine Corps Commandant Michael W. Hagee told Mattis to choose his words “more carefully,” but also praised him as “one of the country’s bravest and most experienced military leaders.”
A lot of news sources I’ve seen are cutting off the quote just after “It’s fun to shoot some people” in order to make Mattis look like some inhumane hair-trigger crazy who goes around popping just anybody, but reading the full quote tells us that the General is quite the defender of women and doesn’t mind ridding Afghanistan of any of its turban-clad Ike Turner types. Why aren’t women’s rights and anti-domestic violence activists patting him on the back?
Chivalry isn’t dead — unless Chivalry slaps around a woman while General Mattis is nearby.