So, once you remove someone's manhood, it becomes fun to shoot them. Very interesting. This is why I never became a Marine.
"Actually it's quite fun to fight 'em, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling," said Mattis.
"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis said during a panel discussion. "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."
- Lt. Gen. James Mattis
While "counseling" him, his boss said:
"While I understand that some people may take issue with the comments made by him, I also know he intended to reflect the unfortunate and harsh realities of war," Hagee said. "Lt. Gen. Mattis often speaks with a great deal of candor."
Hagee also praised Mattis, calling him "one of this country's bravest and most experienced military leaders."
He said the commitment of Marines "helps to provide us the fortitude to take the lives of those who oppress others or threaten this nation's security. This is not something we relish, yet we accept it as a reality in our profession of arms."
I despair for the day when killing people is no longer the answer. Maybe I'm a little saddened also by the fact that I just watched Hotel Rwanda last night. A powerful story, it really got to me how insouciantly people can take someone else's life.