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.

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3 Responses to “New Centcom Chief: Champion of Women’s Rights, Anti Domestic Violence Crusader”

  1. Clu Seatoe on July 9th, 2010 8:17 pm

    Why does America need men like Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis? Ask your police dept. why they need K-9 units.

    The best American warriors are like the K-9’s in the back seat of the black and white in the sense that they must be kept on a taught reign but, like America’s enemies, they don’t suffer from effeminate, sissified sensibilities.

  2. betwyan on July 9th, 2010 10:49 pm

    Number one priority should be keeping mooooslims from immigrating to our country. The rest is side-show crap.

  3. Dave B on July 10th, 2010 7:47 am

    I wonder if the MSM has any idea how many men are out there in this Republic that have the exact same sentiments. We're fighting women beaters, women haters, and intellectual cowards. We're fighting people that willingly strap bombs onto their own children so they can kill innocent people. Their savior is a pedophile who cut the heads of people that disagreed with him. Our savior gave his life so that others would be forgiven. Clu is right and I'm guessing he's a cop like me. We sit back and listen to "girlie boys" discuss all these things involving our enemies and we just sit back and listen until we can't take it anymore. They BEAT their women, they KILL them, they STONE them, they treat them like dogs… I understand completely what the General was saying. What kind of man wouldn't?

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