July 9th, 2010
01:56 PM ET

'Tough talking' general picked to oversee Iraq, Afghan wars

A controversial and leading U.S. general is in line to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday.

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis - if he wins presidential and Senate approval - will move from being the outgoing commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command to leading the U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia - including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. It also monitors Iran.

He would take over the post left open by the departure of Gen. David Petraeus, who was asked to take over command of the war in Afghanistan.

Mattis was an effective leader in the Marine Corps, in the eyes of the Pentagon, while commanding troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Known for his straight talk and hard-core leadership of Marines in the 2004 battle of Falluja, Iraq, Mattis is considered a dark-horse pick by many in the halls of the Pentagon.

His blunt talk has gotten him in trouble: In 2005 he said, "It's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them," referring to people in Afghanistan.

Asked if the general would be an effective leader for the Central Command region with the shadow of the comments still lingering, Gates said, "Appropriate action was taken at the time. I think that the subsequent five years have demonstrated that the lesson was learned."

"Obviously, in the wake of the Rolling Stone interview, we discussed this kind of thing. And I have every confidence that General Mattis will respond to questions and speak publicly about the matters for which he is responsible in an entirely appropriate way," Gates said.

The Rolling Stone interview led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, then the commander in Afghanistan, because of negative comments about Obama administration officials made by him and his aides.

Mattis' comment in 2005 was made when the then-three-star general was in a panel discussion before an audience.

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- By CNN Senior Pentagon Producer Mike Mount


Filed under: Pentagon • Petraeus
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com

    Tough talking general picked to oversee iraq afghan wars.. Awesome🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Infantry soldier

    These people are always able to set ieds and take payment to blow us up from al qaida . They have a totally different way of thinking than americans. So, if you fight the political fight as they now have us doing the deaths of my friends will cont. to rise and I dont count myself out. Had a good friend of mine blown to bits in a House bourne IED and im sick of fighting a political fight. Some people dont get it. You have to think like the enemy and we do but cant react to what they are doing cause of Rules of Engagement. You cant win hearts and minds of people who will act like they like us then blow us up the next. That is how far hearts and minds will get you. They take our food blow us up and laugh. And on top of that get AQ payment. Fight there fight and they get the upper hand. We need to do whatever it take cause they want to kill your kids and you. They can and will send the fight to the states if not suppessed. Its a desperate time with no end at sight, but can be shortened if we take the fight to them.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kelly

    Good luck, General Mattis! Its about damn time they put a Marine in charge.🙂 @Daniel-2: if you think the troops actually enjoy killing, you have a really bizarre mindset. If the good General enjoys shooting back at militants shooting at him, then good on him. General Mattis is a warrior, not a politician. The politicians are failing left and right in their own field, so how can you expect they and their politics to get us anywhere in a military conflict? I'm a Marine and I still have reservations about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we're in this thing, so we need to finish it. I don't mind going to war with people, MEN, that bomb girl's schools because how dare they get an education. With that mentality, I want to shoot them too. You clearly have no idea what goes on in a war zone. I've seen many instances of kindness between Iraqis and Americans and I'd be shocked if it wasn't the same way in Afghanistan.

    July 25, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jusakid

    *http://spectator.org/archives/2005/02/11/breaking-the-warrior-code/*

    Just a little insight on how his men see him. Also, here is some of his quotes *http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/James_Mattis*

    Hes a military leader not a politician. Hes not there to please you hes there to get the job done. I wish him and all the military men and women the best. (take the * out of the links)

    July 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    So many of the Afghanistan people have joined the Taliban to become occupation resistance fighters, it certainly should be no surprise that Afghanistan soldiers and Afghanistan police gun down American and NATO troops when they have the opportunity, plant IED's and pass attack information to other resistance fighters. The same situation existed in France when Germany occupied that country. Instead of the French Resistance fighters, in Afghanistan they are labeled as the 'Taliban'.

    July 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Well put,Smith.

      July 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Why are you such a lily livered sycophantic creep? If given a chance the neanderthals you are supporting would cut your throat without a second thought.

        July 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC forever

        C'mon Bledsoe, your not playing nice in the sand box. Leave Bubba alone.

        July 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. USMC forever

    Excellent, a Marine Corps General in charge. Everyone just sit back, keep your flaps shut, and enjoy the BEATDOWN!!!!!!!

    July 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Here's goes more of that sickening bravado.It turns my stomach upside down.Was this bozo born in Germany,or what???

      July 13, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Since when does one have to be born in Germany to become a right-wing fanatic?Get real!!!This country is crawling with Tea Partiers and every other kind of right-wing nutjobs imaginable.Besides,who do think runs MIC(the military-industrial-complex)???

        July 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    Why doesn't CNN give the whole quote – he said it was fu to kill the murderers in Afghanistan, not the Afghan people. I guess that wouldn't fit CNN's military bias

    July 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Smith in Oregon

    Part of the Afghanistan plan now includes having the LA police teaching the Marines the fine points of using flash bang grenades on the Afghanistan citizens as part of the 'winning the hearts and minds of the Afghanistan people'. The great number of Afghanistan 'taliban' fighters appear to be nothing different than the French civilians that formed the French Resistance against the German occupation of their country.

    No creditable report exists that shows Hamid Karzai was democratically elected by a majority of Afghanistan people. Hamid Karzai is nothing but a hand picked Dictator that has been on the CIA payroll since the 1980's and his Clan are the largest exporters of Opium and Heroin in the world.

    July 12, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Othertrucker

    General Mattis reminds me of General Patton. One who's not afraid to speak his mind. I believe he'll be very effective in getting the Taliban and their misguided supporters tamed. Maybe even bring some of them out of the Stone Ages. In America we arrest "Wifebeaters" because it's the right thing to do, along with arresting criminals and thugs on the streets. If you have to slap a woman because of some petty little rule about veils, then you ain't much of a man to begin with.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      The Russians had the very same idea 30 years ago.They too were for women's rights and are against domestic abuse.

      July 12, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      I agree.

      July 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shawn Earnest

    What irrational or rational reason for the political social blunders our D.O.D. military leaders are making.

    Either this is:
    1. This is being performed intentionally on purpose by the top brass.
    2. Our top brass is under psychic attack.
    3. These men are actually intelligent academically, but social-political idiots.
    4. Obama is African American and his administration is in economic, morale, ethical conflict with D.O.D.
    5. All the above.

    ...
    Shawn Earnest
    Madawaska Maine.04756
    ...

    July 11, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn Earnest

      Excellent, I agree.

      July 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Radical

    News..... 6 us soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday

    July 11, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Val

    I feel uneasy about letting a guy who says it is fun to kill. That's ic. Isn't there a better person for the job?

    July 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Like you,these right-wing fanatics make me feel uneasy but they make me sick too,belly-hooing this obnoxious war as if it was some kind of fairy tale and always touting the NATO forces as heros while villifying the Russians.I'll say this one more time;their is absolutely no glory in killing even if most of my countrymen disagree with me wholeheartedly.Enough said.

      July 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        You nailed it,Daniel!

        July 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel

        I suspect you are really a foreign agent posing as an American.

        July 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn Earnest

      None of the brass like Obama that's all.

      July 11, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      What better than a man who enjoys his work?

      July 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nik Green

    Why are we in Afghanistan in the first place? According to the Bush Administration, it was in retaliation for the 9//11 attacks. But there is a big problem with this reasoning: the only stated connection between Afghanistan and the 9/11 attacks was one man, Osama bin Laden, a Saudi national who *MIGHT* have resided in Afghanistan at some point in the past.

    On the night of 9/10/2001, according to reliable reports http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/28/eveningnews/main325887.shtml OBL was reportedly in the Pakistani capital under heavy security, having kidney dialysis treatment in hospital at a military/intelligence facility jointly staffed by Pakistan and US personnel. The FBI has categorically stated that "there is no hard evidence linking OBL to the 9/11 attacks", the US Dept.of Justice has not indicted OBL in connection with 9/11, and the CIA has stated that there are "no links between OBL's personal finances and funding for the attacks". OBL himself has both denied, and admitted responsibility, if the reports are real. Lastly. the "smoking gun" videotape of OBL and associates found by US Marines in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in late 2001, touted by the Bush Administration as "justification" for the invasion of Afghanistan, was a proven fraud, and video analysis, language and other experts worldwide have universally debunked this "evidence" as faked.

    So, it appears that OBL was *not* the main man behind 9/11, that is, according to the FBI, CIA, DoJ and numerous reports. Furthermore, to expend a vast budget of $hundreds of billions on a military campaign to "capture one man", even if he OBL) *was* the main perpetrator, is total insanity; no government would do such.

    However, there is a long history of the extremist reactionary neoconservative movement wanting and needing to invade not just Afghanistan, but a number of other middle eastern nations. The Afghanistan war did *NOT* start on October 7, 2001: The ball got rolling when the hardline neoconservative Islamophobic think tank "Project for a New American Century" wrote their manifesto "Rebuilding America's Defenses" (RAD) in 1999, coincidentally published on September 10, 2000, which called for a series of preemptive wars in the middle east against Muslim nations, Afghanistan included. Most of signatories of the PNAC ended up in senior positions within the 2001 Bush Administration.

    The motivation also existed on many counts: The projected UNOCAL pipeline was to run from the Caspian oil fields to the Indian Ocean, and the Taliban were holding up progress on the deal. Secondly, the Taliban had effectively eliminated the poppy harvest in its drive to eradicate the opium and heroin trade, the proceeds of which bolster the bottom lines of major US and European banks, and as a result, powerful brokers in the drug trade were starting to feel the pinch. Thirdly, Afghanistan has enormous potential mineral wealth, and the Taliban were not open to western exploitation of these natural resources.

    The next stage happened in the week immediately after Bush was inaugurated in late January 2001, when initial plans for the invasion of both Afghanistan and Iraq were discussed in depth with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Zakheim, Perle, Wolfowitz, Abrams and other hardliners.

    The next significant step was for US military units (aircraft carriers) to assume strategic positions in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Pakistan, in July and early August 2001, well *BEFORE* the 9/11 attacks.

    By the time of the 9/11 operation, US special forces were already conducting sorties in Afghanistan.

    Draw your conclusions!

    July 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Nik,we actually have two reasons for being in Afghanistan,one is to crush Islam so it can no longer stand in the way of Western expansion and the second is to build an invisible empire.

      July 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        You forgot to mention the "recently discovered" mineral deposits over there,Onesmallvoice.And do you really expect the Americans to leave like the Russians did back in 1989?Dream on!!!

        July 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Radical

    Onesmallvoice

    Read that three times and gave up trying to make any sense-if the fact on the ground dose not make any sense to you so the problem not in what i mention the problem in your mind because you are like the pirate see only with one eyes

    July 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • atal

      Don't copy him for goodness sake, i can just about make out what you are saying at the best of times. Find a better roll model.

      July 10, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      That's because Funny boy while pretending to be me is either an ignorant Tea Partier or a right-wing lunatic!

      July 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sandy Koufax

    Where was Rev Al, Jesse, Oprah, Condoleeza, JC Watts, Mandela, Diane Watson, Tutu, and Kobe when it comes to Palestinian Civil Rights in their own 7000 year old homeland that the U.S. has had under siege since 1947, when Bush attacked Iraq in 2002 for no reason, and when Obama slaughters 1000s of Gazan and Afghans ?

    July 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. beasterdamas

    Take the gloves off stupid people and let our soldiers, sailors and marines do the job they were sent over to do...Yes it's fun getting your murder groove on...That's what war is all about...

    July 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      You sound like another right-wing fanatic,beasterdamas,a shining example of what's wrong with America.No wonder this country's in such bad shape!

      July 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        WE now produce the world's finest Drones they are the envy of every country.

        July 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Here goes Funny boy trying to make me bad,again.But he's right about one thing,we are managing to butcher more people in bigger numbers than ever before and that makes me sick but even more sickening is to have this jerk make a sick joke out of this rotten war.

        July 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Nik Green

    Putting an avowed Islamophobic in charge of a war that was started on the basis of a huge lie, will be another huge mistake: it will incense the already furious Afghan population and the insurgency will get more and more eager recruits. However, it will insure in the continuation of a war in which there is only one winner: privately owned defense and mercenary contractors.

    Follow the money trail... it always leads to the truth.

    July 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Extremely well put,Nik.

      July 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • atal

        Call that propaganda ? That was a rubbish attempt, this is how you do it. President Hamid Karzai is the devil he wears that hat so people can not see he has horns growing out the top of his head. See it is easy.

        July 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ellie sarcione

    I think General Mchrystal should be able to stay in uniform as a 30 plus years in the service, he DESERVES to stay no matter what he said. I understand how Obama feels and he,s right, but the General is also right. Let him stay in as A General, give him another job, with no press involved. He,s a good man. Ellie

    July 10, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  19. GreyFox

    As long as Western powers continue oil contracts and cozy diplomacy with the Saudi's, radical Islamic hostility of the west will continue to exist. (note "radical islam" is NOT a generalization of Islam, as extremist views of any faction/religion/party are present) Western presence in the most sacred of muslim holy lands is what fuels most of this insurgent activity. Regardless on how I feel about that, truth be told is we need those fossil fuels for EVERYTHING until DARPA or someone can get their head out of their ass and develop sustainable energy.(which would solve infinantly more problems than just this). You cant kill a culture or religion with DEVGRU, VX, B2's, PSYOP, or tactical nukes, only supress it. Just look at the 1953 korean armistice treaty or the failure in Iran. Groups like the Taliban cannot be allowed to stage attacks on the US (which is why we have troops on the ground in hostile territory) but given the current situation, the conditions favor these insurgents ability to draw people to their cause. This issue needs to be dealt with, but I'm not sure how effective a military can be in a religious/political/ethnic war. Regardless of who is operating.

    July 10, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  20. ronvan

    WHAT THE HECK? Religion, politics, and wars are a violent mix and still we have learned nothing from history! With that said: This is a political war just like Viet Nam, just a different country & times. Our military is "handcuffed" on what actions they can or cannot take which only results in more injuries & deaths. I do not beleive for one second that all Muslims are bad. Those Muslims who have perverted their own religion have made a negative impact throughout the world for all Muslims and they are suffering for it! Afgan history should show us why we are not, and should not, try to make them change to our ways. What would we do if invaders came to America and tried the same? We, America, have put those in power that we have hand picked and support. Remember Ho Che Mein? We backed him when the French were in Nam. And alot of others that eventually dropped us. Bring ALL troops home and leave with a strong message that if ANYONE, from ANY country commit terrorist attacks in America that the bombs will come, and continue until reduced to rubble. Leave these countries alone to develop as THEY wish!

    July 10, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Radical

      be live it or not it dose not mater but all attack aginest USA will not stop until it stop the blind support for Israel since its began until today. the tons of we pones that Americans hand mad and the newest war technology that deliver to Israel for free and prevent even say conviction word to Israel from the UN even saying the word USA use Vito to prevent it.the us chose to be with Israel in one trench so you chose to fight us not us.so because all of that the war wont stop no matter what you have of silly war toy didn't bring victory to you in any where.because the blood of the 3000 people who killed in September 11 was not blood and the blood of the Palestinian who had been killed on Israeli hand since 1948 was water or Pepsi and the 3000 people wasn't humans and our was animals

      July 10, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Read that three times and gave up trying to make any sense out of it.

        July 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  21. CECILEGORDON

    I HAVE A FEELINGS FOR THE AFGHANS PEOPLE,I KNOW HOW HARD FOR THEM,THAT THERE ARE SO MANY INVADERS INSIDE THEIR COUNTRY..SO DO THE SAME,I HAVE FEELINGS TOO FOR THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND THEIR ALLIES..I DO UNDERSTAND YOUR FEELINGS.AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE ONLY FOLLOWING ORDERS AND HAVE BIG OBLIGATIONS IN YOUR MISSION..BRING PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN..LET'S PRAY ON BOTH,HOPE FOR THE BETTER FUTURE AHEAD..NO WAR AGAINST TO EACH OTHER..

    July 10, 2010 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      But did you ever feel sorry for the Russians who were there 25 years ago?They too had high hopes of helping the Afghan people.

      July 10, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        The difference is the Russians had no intention of leaving.

        July 10, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        What are you talking about,Onesmallvoice??? It's the Americans who have no intentions of leaving as they're striving to crush Islam to it's very core and build their invisible empire.Besides,if the Russians had no intentions of leaving,why did they do it???

        July 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        They left because they were being attacked by the Afghans with support from us. Now we and the Afghan Army are driving out the taliban.

        July 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Radical

    as a Muslim Islam had teach me to be fair and equitable i do not believe that all American should be kill or bomb with white phosphor or nuke as your radical (my colleague) would say but some American like the corporate Rashile courey who die under Israeli bulldozer while she was try to stop demolition of Arab hoses is respected person and i don't mind lose my life while defending her if i was there but unfortunately people like her in the USA you can count them on your hand finger and they are limit

    July 9, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Most Americans are not genuinely bad but are mostly ignorant about worldly affairs.They just simply do not understand the situation in the Middle East or know anything about Islam.Besides,they have been taught from early childhood that this government was infallable and did no wrong.

      July 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Most Americans (unlike yourself) know that Pakistan is Not in the Middle East.

        July 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      What is a Nu Con?

      July 10, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Radical... if you really are a Muslim... what do you think about all the extremists that have insidiously hijacked your religion and are turning it into a joke? What do you think when all the world hears is "12 people were killed in suicide bomb" and "Girl has her nose cut off for not wearing her veil."? These are Muslims killing Muslims in the name of Allah... and all I hear from people like you is how it's America's fault. When are people like you going to stop blaming outsiders? When are you going to sit down and take responsibility for your own actions? You have the Taliban blowing up weddings and killing 7 year old spies, and all you do is deny and blame someone else. No wonder you guys live in the stone ages.

      July 11, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        As usual Steve the mushroom is being fed crap by the "embedded" media. Are you going to perpetually keep yourself in the DARK??? Everyone knows, especially in Afghanistan, that the atrocities you mentioned are committed by the US and it's Nato allies in order to demonize the Taliban and the Muslims.

        July 12, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        No, Eric. They are NOT perpetuated by the U.S. or NATO. In fact... I'd like to know how YOU know that these acts are committed by the US/NATO? Have you seen it done by them?

        I know people on the ground in Afghanistan and these atrocities are done by the TALIBAN. And the sooner the Muslims of the world realize this and realize that the Taliban, Al Qaida, Al Shabab, and groups like this are making the 90 percent of the other Muslims in the world look like an absolute sick joke... the sooner the terror and violence will stop.

        What's next... let me guess, it was the CIA who conducted the bombing at the World Cup rally in Uguanda that's killed over 60 people. Is that what you're going to say? Well the fact is that these were MUSLIMS that did this. When will you other Muslims realize that these terror groups are making your religion look horrible?

        July 12, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Steve,Eric is right.Just cut the right-wing bla-bla-bla,please.

        July 13, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Adelaide

        It's much easier to uendrstnad when you put it that way!

        July 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Radical

    i think he suffering from laxity on brain .....i think USA should do more and bring there troops from every where around the world and take theme to Afghanistan so Taliban could help them and cure them mad cow disease by cutting them extremity with side bomb so there well not be any one left to defend Washington dc or new york when mujaheddin will open it .....probably there is some people will not like my word and they will become angry i advice them to hit them head to the nearest wall because there nothing they can do about it and what you will say will not change any thing on the ground and you will lose no doubt as you did before in Vietnam and in Somalia and in Iran

    July 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • WMGuz87

      I think your views have been tainted by some of the Americans you have encountered in your life, or read about in books, seen in movies, or on T.V. Americans are not all white, black, or brown. We are a mix of every thing for example race, color, creed, and religion. I am in Afghanistan right now and a few years befor i was in Africa, both times around Muslims. I met very noble and kind ones who respected and understood what i do. Some choose to disscuse their religion and i listened, they asked me why i did not read the Qur'an, and i told them because i am Catholic and i believe in some thing else. And at that point they asked me how do i know my religion is right if i have never read any thing else i told them because i have faith and believe, when i asked them if they have ever read the bible they told me they were not aloud to because of their religion. My point is I how can you have so much hatered towards things you do not know, maybe because you have been taught to feel certain things from what people have done. but i do think there are so many Americans that are good and dont deserve to be looked at as if we were nothing the way you say you feel towards the majority of us. Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god;- Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. why if the words in the Qur'an are so special and filled with passion do Muslims wish death upon Americans? I am just tired of getting shot at.

      July 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sodathief

    He looks like he about to knock some skulls in that photo. LOL!

    July 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Probably due to the lack of sanitation in the area.

      July 10, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  25. Kolawole Ajao

    Let us see what the tough talking Gen. James Mattis will do in Afghanistan. I wish him well, though.

    July 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      We heard all this bravado before and we'll hear it again!

      July 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        At least i hope so.

        July 10, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Gary Johndro

        Me too.Yaba daba doo!

        July 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Yaba Daba Doo Too...
        Hi Gary!

        July 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Infantry soldier

    We should use more white phosphorus. we should do whatever it takes to win this war as quick as poss. All the civilians whinning over tactics does not know what it is like here. You have to do, as the enemy does EVERYTHING you have to to win. This is a war people and they use all they have so why should we not . They cut young American soldiers heads off, Do you call that following international law. IF we had of used the ROE the way our commanders want us to use instead of the ROE of politicians this war would have been over in Aganistan. Iraq was a different animal. We did not win in Iraq just the terroist have focosed thier funds and fellow terroist to afgan cause they know we have one foot out the door.

    July 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Have you no feelings for the Afghan people?I suppoes not!!!!

      July 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ernie Beatty

        Neither do I.Go for it Infantry soldier and don't let these soft-hearted humanitarians get your goat!!!

        July 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Andrew Lubin

    It's about time they put a warrior in charge of a war. Gen Mattis led the Marines of Task Force Rhino into Kandahar bak in 2001, the Marines into Baghdad in 2003, and then helped subdue Fallujah. Controversial? No; but VERY effective. S/F

    July 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Whatever it takes... good luck to him.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      YABA-DABA-DOO!!!!

      July 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Is YABA DABA DOO all you know,Johndro,you right-wing nutjob????

        July 12, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |