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James Mattis Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated May 2020
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Treachery has existed as long as theres been warfare, and theres always been a few people that you couldnt trust.
PowerPoint makes us stupid.
In this age, I dont care how tactically or operationally brilliant you are, if you cannot create harmony even vicious harmony on the battlefield based on trust across service lines, across coalition and national lines, and across civilian/military lines, you need to go home, because your leadership is obsolete. We have got to have officers who can create harmony across all those lines.
None of the widely touted new technologies and weapons systems 'would have helped me in the last three years in Iraq and Afghanistan. But I could have used cultural training and language training. I could have used more products from American universities who understood the world does not revolve around America and who embrace coalitions and allies for all of the strengths that they bring us.
For the mission's sake, for our country's sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division's colors in past battles who fought for life and never lost their nerve' carry out your mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there is 'No Better Friend...No Worse Enemy' than a US Marine.
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.
In a country with millions of people & cars going everywhere, the enemy is going to get a car bomb out there once in a while.
Be the hunter, not the hunted: Never allow your unit to be caught with its guard down.
A country that armed Stalin to defeat Hitler can certainly work alongside enemies of al-Qaida to defeat al-Qaida.
It is mostly a matter of wills. Whose will is going to break first? Ours or the enemy's?
An untrained or uneducated Marine...deployed 2 the combat zone is a bigger threat to mission accomplishment...than the enemy.
Demonstrate to the world there is 'No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy' than a U.S. Marine.
Marines don't know how to spell the word defeat.
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.
I would also add that Al Qaeda was dumb.
I don't get intelligence off a satellite. Iraqis tell me who the enemy is.
I were to sum up what I've learned in 35 years of service, it's improvise, improvise, improvise.
The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event.
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.
When Gen. Abrial arrived to relieve me as the supreme commander, only dont ask, dont tell kept me from hugging and kissing him.
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