According to an audio recording, he said, "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 up front with you, I like brawling."CAIR, being a serious body dedicated to fostering goodwill between Americans and Muslims, has naturally responded by calling Gen. Mattis a bloodthirsty racist:
He added, "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."
"We do not need generals who treat the grim business of war as a sporting event," said the council's executive director, Nihad Awad. "These disturbing remarks are indicative of an apparent indifference to the value of human life."Maybe CAIR doesn't get it, given that they're probably into slapping women around as well, but Gen. Mattis was not being indifferent to human life. On the contrary, he was showing the highest reverence for human life, by declaring that those thugs who use violence on the innocent have forfeited their rights to continue breathing. Moreover, it is hardly a novel idea that combat can be fun. Figures from Homer to Winston Churchill have all commented on the exhileration of combat, and the USMC is filled with brawlers who "love the sting of battle," God bless 'em.
Compare the above comments to Gen. Mattis's mindset when he's actually on the job:
In a letter to his troops before they redeployed to Iraq last March, Mattis warned them of "hard, dangerous work."Gen. Mattis, and others like him, make up the backbone of our military and do it honor. CAIR should think twice before shooting off their mouths at a Marine.
"The enemy will try to manipulate you into hating all Iraqis," he wrote. "Do not allow the enemy that victory. With strong discipline, solid faith, unwavering alertness, and undiminished chivalry to the innocent, we will carry out this mission."