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Petraeus’s Successor Is Known for Impolitic Words

July 20th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Petraeus’s Successor Is Known for Impolitic Words

WASHINGTON — To those who have served under him, Gen. James N. Mattis is the consummate Marine commander, a warrior who chooses to lead from the front lines and speaks bluntly rather than concerning himself with political correctness.

But General Mattis, President Obama’s choice to command American forces across the strategic crescent that encompasses Iraq and Afghanistan, has also been occasionally seen by his civilian superiors as too rough-edged at a time when military strategy is as much about winning the allegiance of local populations as it is about firepower.

If his predecessor as the commander of Central Command, Gen. David H. Petraeus, is known for his skill at winning over constituencies outside the military, General Mattis, 59, has a reputation for candid, Patton-esque statements that are not always appreciated inside or outside the Pentagon.

“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap around women for five years because they didn’t wear a veil,” General Mattis said during a forum in San Diego in 2005. “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.”

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Petraeus’s Successor Is Known for Impolitic Words

Seeing Gen. Mattis picked by Obama was as surprising to me as it would be if I were picked to be the President of our local TEA Party group. Fire eating LEADERS aren’t appreciated in some places, of that I am certain.

Gen. Mattis and I share a lot of the same views, we are not politically correct, we speak our minds and don’t give a damn who likes it, and we see victory achieved by actually defeating the enemies of this nation, not by talking them to death.

Gen. James N. Mattis is a Marine. He is a tribute to the Corps, and no Mr. Obama, it is NOT pronounced *corpse*. Mattis leads, he doesn’t hold a ‘beer summit’, although I would bet that his staff has enjoyed a celebratory drink on occasion!

In these times of uber-PCness it truly is a shock that Gen. Mattis has been chosen as the leader of CentCom. Not to denigrate the DoD and CentCom, but in the current administration, oh hell, in many PAST administrations, the POTUS seems to think that the title of Commander in Chief automatically makes him the ultimate warfighter.

It does not.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates described General Mattis as “one of our military’s outstanding combat leaders and strategic thinkers.”

That description, “one of our military’s outstanding combat leaders and strategic thinkers.”, has me wondering how long Gen. Mattis can, or will last working under the most gutless POTUS in U.S. history. Barack Hussein Obama has openly demonstrated his disdain for the military and law enforcement. An un-PC Marine General is bound to offend Obama, sooner or later, and I am betting it will be sooner rather than later.

But the general angered one of Mr. Gates’s predecessors, Donald H. Rumsfeld, in 2001 with another remark that played well with his Marines, but not with civilian leaders in Washington. After Marines under his command seized an airstrip outside Kandahar, establishing the first forward operating base for conventional forces in the country, General Mattis declared, “The Marines have landed, and we now own a piece of Afghanistan.”

Mr. Rumsfeld and other senior officials believed that these words violated the official message of the invasion, that the United States had no desire to occupy a Muslim nation, but was fighting to free Afghanistan from the Taliban tyranny.

As I have stated on numerous occasions, Donald Rumsfeld was a less than competent leader and was *Peter Principled* throughout most of his career. Rumsfeld was no more a military leader than was George W. Bush or is Barack Hussein Obama.

General Mattis is viewed differently by those who have been with him on the front lines.

It was the first winter of the war in Afghanistan, when the wind stabbed like an ice pick and fingertips froze to triggers, but a young lieutenant’s blood simmered as he approached a Marine fighting hole and spotted three heads silhouetted in the moonlight. He had ordered only two Marines to stand watch while the rest of the platoon was ordered to rest before an expected Taliban attack at first light.

“I dropped down into the hole, and there were two junior Marines,” the lieutenant, Nathaniel C. Fick, recalled of that overnight operation outside Kandahar. “But the third was General Mattis. He has a star on his collar and could have been sleeping on a cot with a major waiting to make him coffee. But he’s out there in the cold in the middle of the night, doing the same thing I’m doing as a first lieutenant — checking on his men.”

Can ANY of you, even remotely, imagine the POTUS inconveniencing himself by taking a nap in the chair of an air conditioned office? I can’t.

Gen. Mattis is a leader, he is a Marine. I wish him luck in dealing with the PC politicians that will backstab him at the earliest opportunity.

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7 Responses to “Petraeus’s Successor Is Known for Impolitic Words”

  1. comment number 1 by: extex_cop

    Yep….After I got past your first sentence I was putting your name in there instead of Gen. Mattis….Yours fit just as good as his did.

    Well if he butted heads with McChrystal…he (Obama) is sure to get a few head bumps from this one….ha ha ha.

    McChrystal led from the front also…I heard that he popped in on night patrols often…and unannounced, with no escort or guards. It sounds like this guy may be made of the same clothe.

    You can bet he will catch it from the Democrats at every turn.

  2. comment number 2 by: Vigilante

    Reads like General Mattis is NOT one of the perfumed up wussies that the halfbreed turd in the whitey house has surrounded himself with.

    We need people like him in high places instead of these wannabe wussy assed politicians that go on “fact finding” tours. Bullshitttt!!!!! What they’re really after, is an all expense paid vacation and an ego builder upper.

  3. comment number 3 by: BobF

    I guess I’m one of them conspiracy people. We know Obama could care less about the troops and winning the war. The fact that he put in warrior general like Mattis in command makes my antenna go up. Could it be a ploy on Obama’s part? Surely they know this general who not only fights to win but cares for his troops will butt heads with Obama. When that happens, will Obama summon him to Washington for a dressing down and possible relief of his command? Doing this will make Obama seem powerful in his mind and the minds of his followers. I don’t trust anything that SOB does as he’s always a political motive behind everything he does.

  4. comment number 4 by: minuteman26

    Mattis is a good man and a tough SOB. Hope he is able to maneuver through the Obama minefield. Our troops are in good hands.

  5. comment number 5 by: Steve Dennis

    I agree with you 100% on Rumsfeld! I am also shocked that Barack Obama would name someone like the politically incorrect Gen. Mattis as commander of Centcom, but I am glad he did. I hope that he sticks with him, although I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up dumping him at some point.
    Good luck Gen. Mattis!

  6. comment number 6 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    ““You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap around women for five years because they didn’t wear a veil,” General Mattis said during a forum in San Diego in 2005. “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.”

    Dude.

    With those words you got MY vote right THERE.

    BZ

  7. comment number 7 by: cary

    I gotta agree with BobF – when I saw the General named, my first thought was “Obama’s gonna use him as an example and slap him down, and in the process tear up the military even more than Carter did!”

    I don’t trust him as far as I could throw him. Obama, not General Mattis. I’d follow Mattis wherever he led, for that matter.

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