Mattisisms

The incoming commander of CENTCOM is know for his witticisms:

  • Speaking to tribal leaders in Iraq: “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.”
  • Convincing an Iraqi that the United States wouldn’t cut and run: “I said I am never going to leave. I told him I had found a little piece of property down on the Euphrates River and I was going to have a retirement home built there. I did that because I wanted to disabuse him of any sense that he could wait me out.”  
  • Advice to soldiers and Marines: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” 

That last reminded me of Meet the Sniper.

h/t Peter Sean Bradley