A lot like Donald Trump, James “Mad Dog” Mattis has a penchant for delivering controversial statements.
Mattis is the rumored frontrunner to be the next secretary of defense. He had a 44-year successful career with the Marine Corps during which he won many battles, including the 2004 Battle of Fallujah in Iraq — one of the bloodiest fought by American troops since the Vietnam War.
However, while Mattis is widely regarded as a charismatic leader, he also has a reputation to be blunt with words — sometimes a little too blunt.
“It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”
He uttered these words during a panel discussion in San Diego on Taliban in Afghanistan in January 2005.
"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."
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
Mattis offered this advice in Iraq in 2003 while advising his Marines to never let their guard down, as quoted in “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq” by Washington Post Pentagon correspondent Thomas E. Ricks.
“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a******s in the world that just need to be shot.”
This was, again, another piece of advice he offered his Marines at one session in al Asad airbase in Iraq, according to Fiasco.
“PowerPoint makes us stupid.”
In 2010, Mattis, then the Joint Forces commander, delivered this gem at a military conference in North Carolina.
"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"
This is also one of Mattis’ highly controversial quotes, part of a compilation published by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“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.”
Mattis discourages complacency, especially on the battlefield. This quote was also a part of the compilation by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*** with me, I’ll kill you all.”
According to Fiasco, Mattis told this to Iraqi military leaders, in each area where his troops were in, after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.