Penetrating discussion with Marine Gen. James, “Maddog” Mattis.
It would be difficult to fathom that there are many available who would be superior.
About General James N Mattis Bio
Gen. Mattis has commanded at multiple levels.
As a lieutenant, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander in the 3rd Marine Division.
As a captain, he commanded a rifle company and a weapons company in the 1st Marine Brigade.
As a major, he commanded Recruiting Station Portland.
As a lieutenant colonel, he commanded 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, one of Task Force Ripper’s assault battalions in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
As a colonel, he commanded 7th Marines (Reinforced) and served as the Executive Secretary to the Department of Defense.
Upon becoming a brigadier general, he served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
He commanded the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Task Force 58 during Operation Enduring Freedom in southern Afghanistan.
As a major general, he commanded the 1st Marine Division during the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In his first tour as a lieutenant general, he commanded the Marine Corps Combat Development Command while serving as the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development.
He next commanded the I Marine Expeditionary Force and served as the Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Central Command.
He served as both NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from 2007-2009 and as Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command from 2007-2010. He was confirmed as the Commander of U.S. Central Command in August 2010 where he served until his departure in March 2013.
Gen. Mattis, a native of the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Central Washington State University in 1972.
He is also a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the National War College.
- Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award, 2009
- World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads “Ryan C. Crocker Global Citizen of the Year” Award, 2013.
- Marine Corps University Foundation Semper Fidelis Award, 2014
- George Washington College honorary doctor of laws degree, 2014
- Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University
- Member of the General Dynamics Board of Directors
- Interviewed by Wolf Blitzer, Aspen Security Forum, July, 2013
- U.S. Global Leadership Conference, Richmond VA Jan, 2014
- Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Conference, Washington DC, Dec, 20.
- Australian Joint Forces Conference, Canberra Australia Nov, 2013
- Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia PA Nov, 2013
- Presentation to Goldman-Sachs leadership, New York City, Oct, 2013
- Dartmouth College, Dickey Center (Guest Lecturer), Hanover NH, Sep, 2013
- NATO Chiefs of Defense Conference, Budapest Hungary Sep, 2013 (Source)
March 18, 2013
Gen. James Mattis, known to his troops as “Mad Dog Mattis,” is retiring after 41 years of military service.
The Marine Corps Times is calling Mattis the “most revered Marine in a generation.”
Mattis has been commander of the United States Central Command since 2010 and led the 1st Marine Division into Iraq in 2003.
According to reports, President Barack Obama decided to force the Marine Corps legend out early because he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way, and forced them to answer tough questions regarding Iran.
Mattis was an inspirational leader of men and his powerful words will go down in history.
Here are some of the best words that the “Mad Dog” has had to offer:
1. “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”
2. “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event.
That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”
3. “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”
4. “Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”
5. “Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.”
6. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
7. “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
8. “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
9. “There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
10. “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”
11. “There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It’s really great.”
12. “You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”
13. “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. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”