Thursday, July 8, 2010

Marine General Mattis as new Centcom Commander

The NYT reports that Marine Corps general James Mattis has been chosen to replace David Petraeus as commander of US Central Command, which oversees US military operations across the Middle East as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Bluntly put, the man seems to be a hard-ass redneck type.  The NYT resurrects some of his comments in 2005:

"Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. . . . ''You know, it's a hell of a hoot. . . . It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you. I like brawling.''

''You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.''

This walking caricature  is the best Gates can line up for this job?

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